Southwestern Deserts

June, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Healthy Lawns and Healthy Lakes

National News

Runoff containing the nutrient phosphorus from fertilizer use is a big contributor to algal blooms and the resulting oxygen depletion in many lakes, rivers and streams. As a result, some states...

Bizarre, Incredible and Beautiful

From pollen to seeds to fruits, you'll see the intricacies of plant reproduction in a whole new way as you peruse the fantastic photographic images in The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants...

The Best Veronicas

There is an incredible variety of speedwells ( Veronica ) for a gardener to choose from, with new offerings from breeders every year. How to choose from among all this horticultural largesse? The...

Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia that was accidentally introduced into the U.S. less than a decade ago. It is thought to have arrived in wooden packing materials brought in by ship...

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In the Garden


Add Scent with Salvias

Although Southwestern conditions create many challenging micro-climates, there are bound to be several attractive salvia species that will thrive in your landscape or garden. In addition to luring hummingbirds with their flowers, salvia foliage offers a...
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Salvias Author Betsy Clebsch tested many salvias in her California garden when seeking tough plants that...

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Botanical Names Commonly called sage, salvias are sometimes confused with other plants containing sage in their...
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Regional Reminders

  • Mulch Plants
  • Sow Heat Loving Vegetables
  • Protect Citrus
  • Plant Bermudagrass Lawns
  • Mark Bulb Locations

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