• Airplant: You Can Grow That!

    Maybe “grow” is not the right word for an airplant, which needs no soil and grows very slowly. But airplants (Tillandsia) are just about as easy as it gets to add some live greenery to a room without worrying about how green your thumb might be. I consider them a “gateway” plant to get people excited about houseplants and gardening.…

  • Just in Time for 2020: Our Southwest Gardening Calendar!

    Have you ever found yourself wishing that you had a monthly guide to assist you in your garden tasks? Well, look no further. We have been hard at work, creating a special resource for you. Now, this isn’t just any wall calendar. Oh yes, there are beautiful photos of plants and Southwest gardens, but there is SO much more! Within…

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    5 Uses for Ornamental Grasses

    When homeowners plan landscapes or stroll through a garden center, they often gravitate to brightly colored flowers. And every garden needs some color, so that’s great. But flowering plants have seasons when they bloom, depending on the average temperatures in a low or high desert region.

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    Bee Friendly and Bee Safe

    September is National Honey Month, so today we focus today on bees. While we enjoy the fruits of the their labor, not many of us want a swarm of them settling in the backyard, especially since the Africanized “killer” bees are a fact of life across the Southwest — in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The Food…

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    Pruning Roses for Fall Blooms in the Desert Garden

    People often react with surprise to find that roses can grow in the desert Southwest. Horticulturist Noelle Johnson loves roses and has been growing them for more than 25 years in her Phoenix-area garden. Over the years, she’s learned how best to care for roses and how to maximize their blooms. In the low to intermediate desert garden, roses flower…