Choosing plants that are just right for your yard is the key to successful landscaping in the desert. Discover how from expert Kirti Mathura!
Desert native bees are an elemental link in the Sonoran Desert’s web of life, providing vital pollination services for water-wise native plants and others. This article empowers readers to understand, identify, and nurture desert native bees in gardens and wild spaces, to the benefit of all desert dwellers.
It’s time to lower the shade umbrellas and batten down the hatches, monsoon season is here! Powerful storms can roll in bringing downpours, wind, hail, dust, microbursts, haboobs … you get the idea. While we love them–but slightly fear them–here are five important tips to consider for your landscape: 1…. Read More
It’s no surprise that the biggest challenge to growing plants in our region is the intense heat and dryness of summer, which is a stressful environment for plants. Thankfully, there are several plants that thrive in a hot, dry climate. Here are a few of Southwest Gardening’s Noelle Johnson’s favorite plants… Read More
Feeling melancholy as you sweep up the spent yellow petals of your Palo Verdes? I understand why: when the “month of monochrome yellow” is behind us, the baking summer is upon us, and most plants (and people!) sober up to prepare. Don’t despair yet, though—late spring wildflowers still surround Saguaros… Read More
A healthy, thriving garden needs water, there’s no way around that. However, many people waste huge amounts of water, and it’s possible to make a lot less of it go a lot further. Here are our top 13 essential tips for conserving water in your garden. Why bother saving water?… Read More
Vibrant purple color, lush green foliage, and a long bloom period combine in the form of desert ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis). This Southwestern native thrives in full sun and shrugs off the intense heat in summer. The arrival of spring is greeted by a large flush of purple flowers, which contrast… Read More
Friday, April 26th is Arbor Day, a special day set aside to encourage the planting and proper care of trees. It has been 147 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever…. Read More
Master Gardener, Laura Ward, will discuss how to plant and care for desert adapted ground covers, shrubs, and trees in your yard for year-round color and low water use. She will also talk about foraging for native desert edibles, either in your yard or growing in the wild.
The Hummingbird’s Choice Award goes to … Chuparosa! If Arizona’s hummingbirds could vote on a state flower, it would be Chuparosa (Justicia californica). A mainstay of most wildlife gardens, this long-suffering desert beauty asks little and gives much. It can be grown long and lanky, spindly branches vining into trees… Read More