Three Useful Landscape Herbs to Plant This Fall

Pretty plants in the landscape are great – and it’s even better when you can use them in cooking. Since in a few short weeks it will be time for fall planting – here are three lovely herbs for your landscape, and for pollinators too. Plan to Plant in Fall Once it no longer gets into the triple digits, it is time to think about planting in your landscape. Plant in fall and these plants will have a chance to become well established before the heat of next summer hits. Read more

You Can Grow A Colorful Garden in the Heat

Most of us enjoy color in our life, including colorful flowers in the landscape. Something cheerful to greet us as we look out the window with the morning cup of coffee, or something welcome us home from the daily grind. Gardeners and landscape folks (members of the Green Industry) call this “color.” Lucky for us, “color” in the Southwest is a year round thing, especially if we use some annuals. Color Choices There are over 10,000 trees, shrubs, and perennial plants that can grow in the Southwest, and they all Read more

Five Plants for your Southwest Night Garden

Night time is a truly magical time during our Southwestern summers. As the blazing sun sinks below the horizon and the air begins to cool off, it is pleasant to get outside and breathe the night air. Moon Garden for Night Time Last week, I introduced the topic of a “Moon Garden,” listing a number of plants with flowers that attract the night-flying Southwest pollinators. While flowers are nice, a moon garden need not have flowers to be attractive. There are a number of plants with silvery foliage that look Read more

Perennials for Pollinators

The third week of June is National Pollinator Week. As it happens, the entire month of June is “National Perennial Garden Month.” So combining the two national celebrations, allow me to introduce you to some on the many lovely low-water Southwest native perennials for Southwest pollinators. Pollinators in the Southwest When it comes to pollinators, the American Southwest is one of the most species diverse habitats in the world, with native species of bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and hummingbirds all busy pollinating our plants. The diversity makes sense when you Read more

Add Creosote So Your Patch of Desert Smells Like Rain

You can easily add a fragrant – low-water creosote bush to your landscape or garden now – in the summer months. Fragrant Memories of Summer As a kid, summer, and freedom from school, was magical. Best of all was when the monsoon rains started and the desert near our home responded with summer growth and flowers (and mud to play in). The grace note woven inexorably through my memories is the fragrance of rain-soaked creosote bushes. It wafted through our lives and signified the joy and freedom of summer. I Read more

Five Gorgeous Groundcovers for the Southwest

Simply put, groundcovers cover the ground (well, duh!) and technically lawn is one type of groundcover. But most people in our region are looking for not-lawn, low-water, easy to take care of, safe for humans and pets, not bothered by hungry wildlife , pretty to look at – groundcovers. Why Plant Groundcovers? Groundcovers help the entire landscape when they are included in the yard. They soften the landscape composition, add color, perhaps movement, and often fragrant flowers. Since they cover the soil, they reduce overall soil temperature, help soil moisture Read more