Southwestern Deserts

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Award-Winning Roses

National News

There are literally hundreds of rose varieties available for gardeners to plant. In order to help us choose the best ones, the All-America Rose Selections organization tests new varieties for two...

A Deer Control Roundup

Deer are a big problem for gardeners in many areas of the country. While there are a plethora of home and commercial remedies and deterrent methods available, it can be hard to differentiate...

A Better Solution for Powdery Mildew

For a number of years baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) sprays have been recommended for controlling powdery mildew and black spot fungal diseases on roses, phlox, and other garden plants. Baking...

New Arabian Lilac

Lilacs ( Syringa sp.) are popular ornamental shrubs in many northern gardens. The Arabian lilac ( Vitex trifolium purpurea ‘Fascination’), while not a true lilac, is a good alternative for...

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In the Garden


Beware Plastic Mulch!

I spent my weekend groveling with gravel. My friend recently purchased a home with a huge yard and wanted my expert advice. Okay, he wanted my free labor. Whatever. Unfortunately, the previous owners had made one of the most common mistakes in...
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Shows & Events

Schoolyard Habitat Contest The Schoolyard Habitat Foundation sponsors an annual contest for schools in Maricopa County, AZ...

Favorite or New Plant

Angelita Daisy This little bundle of joy belongs in every yard. Angelita daisy ( Hymenoxys acaulis ) blooms...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Tomatoes
  • Plant Bare-Root Roses
  • Fertilize Citrus
  • Name That Aloe
  • Check on Bulbs

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