Southwestern Deserts

September, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Multicolored Bee Balm

National News

Bee balm ( Monarda didyma ) is known as a widely adapted perennial flower that features red, white, or lavender flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love. A new selection from England adds a...

Incredible New Hydrangea

From the world of plant blogs comes word of a new, improved version of the popular ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea. ‘Annabelle’ is a midsummer-blooming Hydrangea arborescens selection that blooms on new...

New Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder

Come fall, many gardeners restock the bird feeders to attract a variety of feathered friends to their yards for winter. One of the worst problems with many bird feeders is squirrels stealing the...

Earthworms Spread Weed Seed

Giant ragweed ( Ambrosia trifida ) is one of the main contributors to the hay fever that causes distress to millions of gardeners this time of year. While giant ragweed is quite capable of...

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In the Garden


Planting Season is Upon Us

Believe it or not, the low desert's premier planting season is almost upon us. Transplanting in late September/early October provides a lengthy seven-month period for root systems to establish before intense heat returns. This month, many public gardens...
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Favorite or New Plant

Jojoba Native to the Sonoran desert, Simmondsia chinensis is an extremely tough plant. It takes full...

Clever Gardening Technique

Avoid Tree Staking Although tree staking is commonplace, experts now advise against staking young transplants....
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Regional Reminders

  • Maintain Houseplants
  • Monitor Water Needs
  • Buy Seeds
  • Correcting Iron Deficiency
  • Trim and Feed Roses

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