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    Bougainvillea: You Can Grow That

    The vibrant color of bougainvillea adds a welcome splash of color to southwestern landscapes. 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.

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    Smart Plant Choices To Decrease Water Use in the Landscape

    Residents of the Southwest know how valuable water is and that it’s important to conserve this precious resource where we can. The best place to look at water savings is in the landscape, where up to 75% of household water use occurs. While this is a lot of water, there are a number of ways you can minimize the amount…

  • You Can Grow Bountiful Basil

    *This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). Thanks for your support in this way. Summertime is basil-time. The sun shines for hours on end, the nights stay warm, and the soil temperatures rise – all conditions that basil love. Originally native to India,…

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    Mad About Penstemons

    Penstemon are a type of flowering perennial that do very well in arid climates. There are many different varieties, which handle the intense heat and also cold winters in the Southwest. So, whether you live in the low-desert or mountain regions, there is a penstemon for you. Every winter season, SWG’s Noelle Johnson awaits the appearance of the first flowers…

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    Globe Mallow: You Can Grow That!

    The arrival of spring is heralded by the blooms of globe mallow throughout the arid regions of the Southwest. Native to the Southwest, globe mallow easily handles both cold and hot temperatures. Hardy to -10 degrees, it grows in drought-tolerant gardens in zones 6 through 9, where it flowers in spring in low-desert locations. In colder regions, it blooms a…