Southwestern Deserts

August, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Vanilla-Scented Verbena Perfumes Your Yard

National News

Verbenas are stars of the late-season annual flower garden. They are great butterfly attractants and provide an airy feel to the garden as their flowers float above the foliage. Now there’s a...

Neem May Inhibit Nitrogen-Fixation in Legumes

Neem extract is widely used to ward off a variety of insects, such as Japanese beetles, aphids, and scale, and also diseases such as powdery mildew. It’s derived from the seed of a tropical tree...

Gardening Improves Health of Older Adults

It’s widely known that regular exercise contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases associated with aging and helps maintain an independent lifestyle. While many seniors find regular...

Faux Coyote Scares Away Birds

From the manufacturer who brought you the scare-eye balloons and faux owls to help ward off unwanted birds comes another faux predator for your yard. The faux coyote is not just a one-dimensional...

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In the Garden


Permeable Hardscaping

There are many ways to harvest rainwater in the landscape, including directing water to planting areas using swales and dry streambeds or collecting and storing rain in cisterns and barrels. A simpler way to take advantage of rainwater is to allow soil...
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Shows & Events

Grow Native! Fall Plant Sale Enjoy an outing to the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott, Arizona. Browse their...

Favorite or New Plant

Canyon Penstemon Penstemon flowers are surefire hummingbird magnets. Perennial Penstemon pseudospectabilis...
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Regional Reminders

  • Go Green in the Garden
  • Plant Palms
  • Clean Up Storm Damage
  • Sow Summer Squash
  • Water Citrus

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