Southwestern Deserts

October, 2011
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Dig First
If you are digging and dividing perennials, do not let the roots dry out. Have new holes dug and prepared before uprooting the perennials. If for some reason you can not replant immediately, cover roots with moist soil and wrap in a tarp, or pot them up and place out of direct sunlight.

Favorite or New Plant

Mealy Cup Sage
Salvia farinacea is a Southwestern native perennial featuring blue-violet bloom stalks from spring to fall. It grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Fairly drought-tolerant, it needs periodic watering in summer in the low desert. Cut back watering in winter when it is dormant. Stems may die back in cold weather, rebounding with warm weather. Rejuvenate by trimming to 6 inches above ground before new growth starts in late winter or early spring.

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