• Native Perennials for Native Pollinators

    June is officially “National Perennial Garden Month,” and the third week of June (18-24, 2018) is “National Pollinator Week,” so I decided to combine both topics and introduce you to some of the many lovely low-water Southwest native perennials for Southwest native pollinators. There are five great reasons why perennials have a place in every landscape. First, perennials are shorter…

  • Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

    Globe Mallow: You Can Grow That!

    The arrival of spring is heralded by the cupped blooms of globe mallow throughout the arid regions of the Southwest. Native to the Southwest, this extremely drought-tolerant plant easily handles both cold and hot temperatures. Hardy to -10 degrees, it can grow in drought-tolerant gardens in zones 6 through 9, where it begins to flower in late winter in low-desert…