Southwestern Deserts

July, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Mildew Resistant Ninebark

National News

Varieties of eastern ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) , an eastern U.S. native shrub, have become popular landscape plants in recent years, beginning with the development of the cultivar...

All-American Daylilies

Daylilies are popular perennials for their ease of care and the astounding variety of sizes, flower forms, and colors they offer. But selecting the best varieties from among this abundance can be...

Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower

If you just can't make up your mind which of the many colors of coneflowers to grow, grow them all! Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit', just announced as a 2013 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Award...

Award-Winning Rose

Rose lovers across the country will be excited to learn that All-America Rose Selections® (AARS) has just announced its winner for 2013. Francis Meilland™ (Rosa 'Meitroni') is a tall,...

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In the Garden


Xeriscape Part III: Plant Selection: Edibles: Blackberries

Xeriscape design includes a set of seven principles to guide you in the creation and long-term maintenance of a colorful, earth-friendly landscape that suits your unique needs. Previous reports covered design, site analysis, whether to install turf, and...
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Shows & Events

Gardening with Wildlife Learn how to make your yard wildlife-friendly while keeping out those critters you may not want...

Clever Gardening Technique

Freezing Blackberries Spread one layer of berries in a pan or on a cookie sheet so they do not touch. Freeze for 1.5...
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Regional Reminders

  • Aerate Lawns
  • Feed Summer Veggies
  • Control Spider Mites
  • Harvest Rainwater
  • Monitor Water Use of Vegetables

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