Arizona

  • Echinocactus grusonii
    Design

    Designing a Cacti and Succulent Garden in the Southwest

    Warming climate trends are creating more opportunities to add diverse succulents to Southwestern gardens. In Santa Fe, where I live, our USDA Zone has moved from Zone 5 in 1995…

  • Wright’s buckwheat 
    Design

    Plants for the Southwest to Add to Your Shopping List

    Whether you're walking through your local garden center, flipping through the pages of your favorite catalog, or scrolling the website of an online retailer, the sheer number of plant choices…

  • botanical garden full of cacti
    Design

    GPOD on the Road: Two Arizona Gardens

    Carol is taking us on the road today to warm, dry, Arizona. I thought I'd join in and share some photos I took while on the road recently. I traveled…

  • Javelina
    How-To

    Deterring Deer, Rabbits, and Javelinas From Southwestern Gardens

    Gardeners invest time, money, dedication, and care into their gardens. Many of us wait for special plants to display their dazzling show of blooms, leaf colors, and fruit at unique…

  • How-To

    March Garden To-Do List for the Southwest

    Add mulch to your beds. Mulch around trees, shrubs, and vegetables. Adding a fresh layer of mulch helps your plants retain moisture and in turn reduces the stress on plants…

  • blue conifer
    Design

    Alternatives to Blue Spruce for the Southwest

    Many of my landscaping clients desire a blue color from evergreens to balance out the earth tones of our high desert environment. One of the go-to conifers used for this…

  • best roses for the garden
    Design

    The Best Roses for Your Garden

    Gertrude Stein once wrote, "A rose is a rose is a rose." But when it comes to growing them, not all roses are equal. Since many roses put on their…

  • How-To

    Southwest: February Garden To-Do List

    February in the Southwest is a great time to get back into your garden. Winter is coming to an end, and spring is right around the corner, which makes it…

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    Southwest: January Garden To-Do List

    Here in the desert, the weather has cooled off enough to spend all day outside. Whether you spend your time gardening, golfing, relaxing, or all of the above, you can…

  • the best salvias
    Design

    The Best Salvias for the Southwest

    If you’re like me and prefer that your perennials power on through the dog days of summer and well into fall, salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5–11) are the…