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    You Can Grow That: Chuparosa

    People often react with surprise when they learn there are many colorful desert natives. Chuparosa (Justicia californica) is native to the Sonoran Desert and provides a welcome splash of color to desert landscapes and is easy to grow. One of the benefits of using native plants in challenging climates is that they thrive with little fuss and is a great…

  • Attract Hummingbirds In the Desert Garden With These Summer-Blooming Beauties

    The sight of hummingbirds in the garden always brings a smile to my face. It doesn’t matter how busy I may be – I will stop whatever I’d doing to just watch their antics as they search for the ‘best’ bloom to feed from. While the sight of hummingbird feeders is commonplace in many gardens, you don’t have to rely…

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    You Can Grow That: Lemongrass For Asian Flavor

    If you enjoy making foods from Southeast Asia, you will want to grow lemongrass. The tender portions of this aromatic grass provide a light lemon flavor used in teas, soups, and stir-fry dishes. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) grows in clumps of tightly wrapped leaves with a bulbous base. The inner core is pale green and tender, somewhat resembling the lower part…

  • Mexican Oregano for Color and Flavor

    Southwest gardeners aren’t picky in what we want from our shrubs. All we ask for is a plant that is drought tolerant, blooms from late spring through fall, isn’t an aggressive spreader, and produces nectar for pollinating insects. Being an herb gardener, I also want it to be edible. Too much to ask for? Not really. Behold the native plant…