Southwestern Deserts

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Lime Green Sunflower

National News

Sunflowers are the quintessential summer flower. Over the past 20 years great strides have been made in breeding sunflowers to create shorter, multi-branching plants and more colorful flower...

Easier Way to Start Seeds

Trying to handle tiny seeds, such as carrot, pansy, and lettuce, and drop the right number into a cell pack can be tricky. With inexpensive seeds, there's no worry about using more than you need,...

Peppermint-Striped Hydrangea

The Forever & Ever line of big-leaf hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) features compact, mounding, 2- to 3-foot-tall shrubs that bloom on both old and new wood. The shrubs grow best in USDA...

Get to the Root of the Matter

Any gardener knows that plant roots are critical to growth, flowering, and fruiting. Strong roots enable plants to withstand pest attacks, adverse weather, and poor gardening practices. For the...

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In the Garden


The Lush Life

"Lush" and "arid" are adjectives not often used to describe a Southwestern landscape. Howevever, there are desert-adapted plant options with foliage fit for an oasis look, while still being water thrifty and blending with regional designs. Spring...
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Shows & Events

Flowers and Chocolate Plan to take your significant other out to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to celebrate Valentine's Day...

Clever Gardening Technique

When to Prune Perform any needed pruning this month while plants are dormant. Pruning is part art, part...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Harvest Citrus
  • Monitor Jack Frost
  • Spruce Up Houseplants
  • Fertilize Citrus Trees

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