Southwestern Deserts

October, 2011
Regional Report

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Sunshine Daydream

National News

Like many gardeners these days, rose gardeners are often interested in caring for their favorite plants with as few pesticides as possible. So it is encouraging to see that Sunshine...

A Better Burning Bush?

Burning bush, Euonymus alatus , has become a popular landscape plant in many parts of the country, especially valued for its easy care and vivid red fall color. Unfortunately, it is also a...

Good Golly, Miss Molly!

Who doesn't love seeing the bright colors of butterflies flitting through the garden? And there are few plants that are better at attracting these visitors than buddleia or butterfly bush. Its...

Climate Resources for Gardeners

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS, is a non-profit, community-based network of volunteers who work together to measure and map precipitation of all kinds, with...

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In the Garden


Perennial Palette

Perennials are plants that grow foliage the first year after planting and usually bloom the second, although some may bloom the first year. Perennials live for several or many years, and as they develop into large clumps, you can divide them to produce...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Dig First If you are digging and dividing perennials, do not let the roots dry out. Have new holes dug and...

Favorite or New Plant

Mealy Cup Sage Salvia farinacea is a Southwestern native perennial featuring blue-violet bloom stalks from...
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Regional Reminders

  • Propagate Tomato Plants by Layering
  • Avoid Hitchhiking Insects
  • Fertilize Citrus
  • Succession Sow
  • Use Grass Clippings

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