Southwestern Deserts

October, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

New Variegated Hedge Plant

If you’re looking for a tough shrub to plant this fall that provides beauty, versatility, and low maintenance, consider the variegated beauty briar ( Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘variegatus’)....

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In the Garden


Feelin' Good in the Garden

I've profiled more than 100 gardeners for articles (tough work talking plants with gardeners, but somebody's gotta do it!), and it intrigues me that a common theme pops up spontaneously in just about every interview. Everyone describes, with varying...
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Shows & Events

Fall Garden Festival Swing into the fall planting season at the Fall Garden Festival at Metro Tech Union High School...

Tool or Gardening Product

Perfect Arranger I first saw this nifty flower "frog" at the Chelsea Garden Show in England. The Perfect Arranger...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Plant Perennial Flowers
  • Sow Wildflowers
  • Maintain Roses
  • Adjust Watering Schedules

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