Say “cilantro” here in the Southwest, and folks think of salsa. And while cilantro can get along with the heat of chilies in salsa, it quickly dies with the heat of a summer day. Therefore, you will want to grow this herb in the cool winter months in hotter Southwest climates.
Signs that fall is on its way begin to appear in late summer. From less intensely hot days to gradually lengthening shadows, this is a time that many in the Southwest refer to as a “second spring,” which is when people venture back out into the garden and plants perk up as temperatures begin to cool. While many plants bloom throughout…
Among the dozens of herbs I grow in my garden is a desert succulent called aloe vera. What is that succulent doing in an herb garden? Well, it’s there because of its first aid value.
Gaillardia, or blanket flower, is an easy but bright flower to grow in Southwest gardens. The flower is native to areas of the Southwest, at least in open plains and wooded areas of 3,500 to 6,500 feet. There are so many Gaillardia varieties, however,
The vibrant color of bougainvillea adds a welcome splash of color to southwestern landscapes, and despite their lush green appearance, they thrive in hot, dry climates with little fuss. There are several different species of bougainvillea with Bougainvillea glabra, B. peruviana, and B. spectabilis being the most common.