You Can Grow Amaryllis Outdoors in the Southwest

Save your Christmas amaryllis and plant it outdoors in your Southwest landscape! (Only if it doesn’t get below 15 degrees F where you live). Amaryllis will grow and bloom for years to come. But! Don’t do this in winter – wait just a bit. Amaryllis are from… You have heard me rant about common names before. Sadly this is another case of the common name being applied to two different plants. Luckily they are in the same family at least. Many “amaryllis” are technically in the genus Hipppeastrum – from […]

You Can Resolve to Grow – Onions!

What is easy to grow in the desert, tasty to eat in a vast variety of dishes, and healthy for you too? Onions! Onions and Their Kin Not just onions but also their kin.  Onion kin include – garlic, elephant garlic, garlic chives, society garlic, I’itoi onions, scallions, and shallots are all on this list. All of these oniony plants grow just great in our area, especially in the cooler days of winter. Plant any of these right now! (Standard chives from back east are a bit more tricky because […]

Delicious Dill – You Can Grow That

Dill is a charming herb with lacy leaves that looks lovely in the landscape, pretty on the plate, and is pleasing to the palate. Best of all, dill grows well enough in the Southwest in our cool season gardens of the winter months ahead. How to Grow Dill Dill is a member of the Carrot Family, and like most of the family it is a little bit fussy about growing conditions. That said – dill is one of the least fussy in the family – thus it makes a good […]

Colorful Cannas Part II

Last week I told you that You Can Grow Colorful Cannas.  Just because you can grow them – should you grow them?  Sure – why not! If you enjoy bright, colorful, lush plants in your landscape, and especially if you have a water garden – you should grow canna. (#PlantWhatYouEnjoy) But is that isn’t enough – here are some more reasons to grow canna. Cannas Add A Touch of the Tropics The broad flat leaves of canna are typically solid green but some cultivars have maroon, bronzy, or even enchantingly […]

You Can Grow Colorful Cannas

Cannas are – circle all that apply – colorful, tropical, large-flowered, bold, brash, bright, sometimes gaudy, glorious, short or tall, a glorious garden plant. I hope you circled them all, because cannas are all the above!  Plus very delightful and very variable. Cannas in the Southwest If you have an entirely desert landscape, cannas won’t look right in your landscape. But – if you are like most of us in the Southwest – you have an oasis zone in your low-water landscape (we used to call ’em xeriscapes), thus cannas […]

Retail Nurseries in Your Area

We have all heard the plea to “Shop Local” but what if you are new in town and don’t know where the local nurseries are?!  I am here to help you succeed with your Southwest Gardening, and thus I am working to compile this list of local (for you) nurseries that sell plants adapted to the Southwest.  I have not been to them all (but working on it!) so let me know if you have had good or bad experiences, or notice one I am missing. Please also let me […]