Southwestern Deserts

June, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Sun-Tolerant Caladium

National News

Caladiums are known for their ability to brighten shady spots in the yard with their colorful leaves. Now there's a caladium that's more sun tolerant than other varieties, and its shorter stature...

Grapes May Protect Against Diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s estimated that 1 in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents in the U.S. has type 1 diabetes. This epidemic has spurred research into ways to...

New Animal Control for Gardens

Controlling marauding animals from eating your landscape and garden is a never-ending task. Now there’s a new, low-impact, technological tool to add to your list of repellent sprays, fences, and...

Warm Temperatures Increase the Sugar and Nutrients in Tomatoes

Most gardeners know the flavor and nutritional quality of fresh tomatoes is best if you grow your own. New research from France shows that the temperature at which fruit ripens can also affect the...

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In the Garden

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Canna Lily Technicolor

Canna lilies bloom during summer in neon shades of red, orange, pink, coral, yellow, and gold. If you prefer relaxing in the garden amongst soothing pastels, seek out cannas with paler yellow or peach flowers. Also, there's no reason why you can't clip...
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Resources

Books

Coleus Coleus: Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens (Timber Press, 2008, $29.95) includes lush...

Clever Gardening Technique

Have Containers, Will Travel Take your containers with you to the nursery and mix and match potential plant combinations...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Containers
  • Monitor Soil Moisture
  • Prune Heritage Roses
  • Enjoy the Birds
  • Harvest Herbs

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