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  • Star jasmine
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Shade-Tolerant Perennials for the Southwest

    In the desert landscape, sometimes it can feel like everything is being constantly drenched in sunlight. That being said, most of us still have some shaded areas in our gardens…

  • Golden barrel cacti in a group
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Drought-Tolerant Ground Covers for the Southwest

    I think it is fair to say that when most of us think of ground covers, we imagine low, mounding, and spreading plants. Although that image is accurate, it isn't…

  • Blonde Ambition blue grama grass
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Heat-Tolerant Grasses for the Southwest

    Living in the desert can be a blessing and a burden when it comes to growing grasses. We all know that lawn grasses, or turf, don’t belong in the desert.…

  • ocotillo in bloom
    Southwest Regional Reports

    Ocotillo Is a Native Shrub You Need to Grow

    Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens, Zones 7–11) is an unusually beautiful desert gem. This succulent shrub, often misidentified as a cactus, is impossible to miss when you are traveling through the desert.…