Southwest Regional Reports

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    How to Design a Garden for Curb Appeal in the Southwest

    When you pull into your driveway or walk up to your front door, ask yourself a few questions: Are you wowed? Do you smile? Are you impressed? Are you soothed…

  • Echinocactus grusonii
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    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 
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    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…

  • Javelina
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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Winter Jasmine 
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    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Southwest

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

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    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…