Southwest Regional Reports

  • ‘Red Butterflies’ tropical milkweed
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    Two Hot-Colored Milkweeds for the Southwest

    Monarch butterflies are becoming more and more scarce, and it’s up to humans to help them. In the past 30 years, the number of monarchs has decreased by 90%, as…

  • arbutus ojai
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    Choosing Fire-Resistant Plants in Southern California

    Once upon a time, the wildfire season in Southern California lasted for a couple of months in the autumn. Not anymore! Since these days wildfires can hit us at any…

  • dying piñon pine
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    Pest Control for the Southwest: Piñon Ips Beetle

    The piñon ips beetle (Ips confusus) infests Southwest-native piñon pines (Pinus edulis, Zones 4–8) throughout the region. According to the Colorado State Forest Service, “Ips beetles, sometimes known as ‘engraver…

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    Southwest September Garden To-Do List

    Welcome to September! By now you’re appreciating every drop of monsoon water you’re receiving, and more than likely you’re ready for the cooler temperatures to start arriving. While we continue…

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    Plants for Birds in the Southwest

    As William Cullina mentions in his article on plants for birds, the sad reality is songbirds are disappearing: “Habitat loss, pesticides, and the accompanying decline of insect populations have contributed…

  • plant combos for the southwest
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    Unbeatable Plant Combinations for the Southwest

    Although I have no problem creating single-plant containers or placing plants individually in garden beds, sometimes I come across a grouping of plants that just works so well together that…

  • Star jasmine
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.…