Southwestern Deserts

September, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Pink Annabelle Hydrangea

National News

The round white flower heads of the Annabelle mophead hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are a favorite of many gardeners. The flowers are produced on new growth in summer and continue to bloom...

Growing Giant Pumpkins Organically

Fall is pumpkin time in the U.S. For a particular group of people, fall is all about giant pumpkins -- the enormous fruits that you see at country fairs and on the news. The current world record...

Houseplants Give Off VOCs, Too

It is common knowledge that houseplants can help clean the air. Many houseplants remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) deemed indoor air pollutants, such as toulene and xylene. These VOCs are...

New Low Maintenance Lawn Grass Variety

The Holy Grail for many home owners is a lawn that looks great but needs little maintenance, especially mowing. Well, for homeowners in cool parts of the country, there is a new grass variety that...

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In the Garden


Bulb Combos

Pastel shades of yellow, pink, lavender, blue, and white provide a respite from the intensity of desert sun and heat. Bulb combinations are one way to create this soothing color scheme. Rain lilies, also known as fairy lilies ( Zephyranthes spp.),...
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Web Finds

Arizona Native Plant Society The nonprofit Arizona Native Plant Society Web site contains such useful information as sources...


Outdoor Water Features In Outdoor Water Features: 16 Easy-To-Build Projects for Your Yard & Garden , authors Alan and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Encourage Christmas Cacti to Bloom
  • Plant a Tree With Fall Color
  • Handpick Tomato Hornworms
  • Propagate Cacti and Succulents
  • Plant Cool-Season Vegetables

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