Southwest Regional Reports

  • 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.…

  • Jacaranda tree canopy
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    Jacaranda Trees Signal Spring in the Southwest

    In midspring, the desert is dotted with jacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia, Zones 9–11) dripping with beautiful purple blooms. It always seems to take us by surprise when they start to…

  • Desert Botanical Gardens
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    Inspiration from Desert Botanical Garden

    If there’s one thing we love doing, it’s exploring new gardens. While in Phoenix, we took the opportunity to pop into the famous Desert Botanical Garden for a bit of…

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Southwest
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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Southwest

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest
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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • white Madagascar periwinkle
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    Growing Periwinkle in the Southwest

    When most of us think about periwinkle, we either think of a vine or a ground cover. Here in the Southwest, it is extremely common to find another version of…

  • Desert rose blooms
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    Desert Rose for the Southwest

    Desert rose (Adenium obesum, Zones 10b–12) is a slow-growing succulent that delivers beautifully deep pink blooms throughout the summer in the Southwest. You can now find hybrids that have orange,…

  • Echeverias
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    Enchanting Echeverias for the Southwest

    Echeverias (Echeveria spp. and cvs., Zones 9–11) are beloved by many gardeners for their beautiful colors and textures. They are rose-shaped succulents that are not only drought resistant but also…

  • Tangerine Beauty crossvine
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    Winter-Flowering Vines for the Southwest

    Flowering vines make such a beautiful addition to any fence, landscape, or container. The options are varied in the Southwest, but even in winter you can enjoy some vibrant blooms…

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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…