Southwestern Deserts

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Variegated Tapioca

National News

Tropical foliage plants continue to be popular, and a new ornamental selection of the tropical food plant tapioca promises to shine in any landscape. The variegated tapioca ( Manihot esculenta...

Simple Way to Reduce Peach Brown Rot

Brown rot fungal disease can adversely affect the health of peach trees and fruits. To reduce the need for spraying to control this disease, researchers in France tried changing some common...

New Deer-Control Product

Deer browsing on shrubs, trees, flowers, and vegetables is a big problem throughout the country. Some gardeners fence out the deer, others try various taste and smell deterrents. Here’s another...

World’s Largest Daphne

Daphnes are known for their attractive foliage and sweetly scented, white flowers. Most selections are small shrubs with densely packed leaves that grow well in a perennial flower border. But...

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In the Garden


Top Ten Desert Plants for Sustainable Landscapes

Sustainable landscapes were the topic of my June 19 report, and here I'd like to offer some recommendations for plants that meet the guidelines for such a landscape. Basically, sustainable (also called enduring) landscapes can survive on rainfall after...
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Web Finds

Rainlog Volunteer to track rainfall in your Arizona landscape or simply view maps with rainfall data at...

Clever Gardening Technique

Visit Public Gardens During Off-Season It's fun to visit public gardens during their peak season when everything looks grand and there...
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Regional Reminders

  • Sow Native Seeds
  • Hose Off Cochineal Scale
  • Water Veggies Carefully
  • Transplant Palm Trees
  • Cull Split Citrus

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