Southwestern Deserts

October, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Better Berry-Bearing Viburnum

National News

Fall is celebrated for its colorful foliage, and in addition many trees and shrubs exhibit beautiful berries at this time of year. Viburnum shrubs produce fall berries in colors ranging from black...

Flowers in the Home Keep Us Happy

There’s nothing better for brightening your day than receiving a bouquet of flowers, but does having flowers around your home on a regular basis change your mood and make you happier? Researcher...

No-Bend Bulb Planter

Fall planting of spring bulbs is in full swing in many areas of the country, and one tool that can make planting easier is a long-handled bulb planter. To use this tool, you push the cylinder into...

Winter-Hardy Camellia

Camellias are prized shrubs in the south for their snow-white blossoms and glossy evergreen leaves. Now, with the introduction of 'Winter's Snowman' Ice Angel camellia, gardeners north of the...

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In the Garden


Easy to Sow and Grow Wildflowers

Rain favored my neighborhood last week and I'm feeling pleased with myself. Not only did I have time to place my odd assortment of temporary, low-tech, rain-harvesting "collection devices" (40-gallon plastic kitty litter buckets and oversized foam pots...
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Favorite or New Plant

Firecracker Penstemon I like the contrast between the bright green foliage and bright red flower spikes on this...

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Vulnerable Seedlings Flower and vegetable seedlings are succulent morsels for birds and rabbits. If seedlings are here...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Landscape Plants
  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Start Cool-Season Culinary Herbs
  • Overseed Lawns with Ryegrass
  • Change Irrigation Timers

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