Southwest Regional Reports

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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…

  • Chinkapin oak
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    Resilient Trees for the Southwest

    Trees anchor our landscapes both in size and scale. Landscapes without trees seem barren; even desert environments need trees. Trees stand out in the arid high desert where I live.…

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    Southwest November Garden To-Do List

    We officially made it to November. The air is cooler, our windows are open, and what leaves we do have are falling. The javelinas and other wildlife in your area…

  • ‘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…

  • 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…