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Click on the links to read more about growing plants in the Southwest.  The live links are underlined.

I am constantly striving to make this site useful to my readers.  If you have an addition resource or a question – please visit my Facebook page and post it there, or make a “reply” comment on the bottom of any of the articles (blog posts).  Sorry – the mail contact form got spammed beyond belief.

Note – Some of these pages are not “live” yet – but are listed here so you can see where I am going.

Presentation Handouts

Herbs of Early SW Missions for Cochise AZNPS

Herbs of the Borderlands for HSA – expired

Plants for Winter Color in the Southwest for PCCL – expired This presentation is now available to members of the Southwest Garden Guide Membership Site (SWGG) is open now for enrollment.


What do you mean by “USDA Zone 9” or “Middle Desert,” etc.?    Southwest Zones

Vegetable Gardening

If you’re new to Southwest vegetable gardening, here are some guidelines and tips to help you get started right.

Seed Sources

Like to grow from seed?  Try these Seed Sources.


Like colorful flowers?  Try these Winter Annuals. 

Spring annuals (later).

Bulbs Are Great for the Southwest

But not all bulbs!  Not traditional tulips – but daffodils and amaryllis.  Not day lilies – but awesome rain lilies.

Bulb Companies

Bulb Growing General



Plants that resist javelina, deer, elk, and rabbits.

Plants can only resist.  Critters are hungry. Your can help as discussed in this post: Wildlife Resistant Landscaping – here

Nurseries & Products

Avoid the box stores and shop with the local people that know our local SW conditions best and have the right plants for our unique region.  We also have some great resources for pest management.

Local Nurseries In Your Area

General Plants

Fruit Plants

Resources – IPM (Integrated Pest Management) & Such


Many plants are simply NOT safe for pets.  While pets and plants can happily co-exist, there are risks associated with many common plants that we keep both indoors and out. Most home hobby plant keepers and gardeners have no idea how many commonly kept plants are toxic to their pets.  Worst of all – some are believed to be pet safe – it might even say so on the internet somewhere – and yet they are NOT! Please verify with your vet.

Landscape Plants Toxic to Cats & Dogs

House Plants Toxic to Cats & Dogs

Basil is safe for cats, dogs, chickens and people. Still checking on safety for tortoises.

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