Desert Garden

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    Plants from Mexico for the Southwest

    The American Southwest has indelible ties to Mexico that run even deeper than its architecture, food, and culture. Many of the literal roots of our gardens can trace their lineage…

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    Tracy’s Dry Garden in California

    Hi! I'm Tracy, gardening in the East Bay, California, Zone 9b. I've done 100% of the planting here; the space behind the house was just a pile of mud when…

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    GPOD on the Road: Two Arizona Gardens

    Carol is taking us on the road today to warm, dry, Arizona. I thought I'd join in and share some photos I took while on the road recently. I traveled…

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    Johanna’s South Carolina Garden

    Today we’re in Aiken, South Carolina, visiting with Johanna Smith. Lots of evergreen shrubs make for a landscape that looks good all year and requires minimal work to maintain. These…

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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…

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    Gardening in the Desert

    Today's photos are from the Sonoran Desert garden of Alan and Melissa Grosso in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Fountain Hills is a very picturesque town, with rolling hills dotted with the…

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    A Bit of Arizona in the Netherlands

    My name is Alice Fleurkens. Imagine my amazement when I visited my brother-in-law’s house in the Netherlands and discovered that he had turned his very tiny backyard into an Arizona…

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    Inside Dan Johnson’s High and Low Desert Gardens

    Dan Johnson is a bit of a horticulture god in our world. Dan splits his time between Denver, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona. In Denver, he works as the curator of…

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    Visiting the U.S. Botanic Garden

    I had a chance to visit Washington, D.C., recently and spent some time in one of my favorite spots in that city. Sitting right on the National Mall, the U.S.…

  • Plant Guide

    Spiral aloe

    Aloe polyphylla

    The spine-tipped leaves of this aloe grow in a beautiful spiral; mature plants have five rows of leaves growing either clockwise or counterclockwise.