A beginning gardener has enough to learn without the pressure of possibly killing or ruining that holiday gift you spent money on.
Mexican fan palm. Prickly pear. Ruby saltbush. Queen’s wreath. Do you know which ones are native and which are invasive?
Landscape designer Paul Connolly hated the wooden utility pole that dominated the backyard view of his Sabino Canyon-area clients.
Plant shoppers, fill the gas tank or charge the batteries. Reserve next weekend for fall plant sales.
Nearly two dozen homeowners will open their gates to the public during four self-guided garden tours throughout Southern Arizona. Gardeners, contractors and gardening experts will be on hand to answer questions.
Some students will add gardening to their reading, writing and 'rithmatic this school year.
Time is running out to apply for the next Pima County Cooperative Extension master gardeners class.
Plant observer Patricia A. Pearson was so impressed by the life of a wild lilac bush growing in the Santa Rita Mountains that she bought one for her Sahuarita yard.
Artful teamwork created the lush 3-year-old desert garden at Bob and Judy Schumann's Oro Valley home.
A multipurpose living space that looks out on a Zenlike desert garden won the Growdown competition at Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Bougainvilleas follow two unbreakable rules that gardeners would be wise to pay attention to.
If you still have a bountiful harvest from your winter garden, don't fret. It doesn't have to go to waste.
Time to get planting. Several plant sales by non-profit organizations can help you find stock for replacing frozen landscape, starting your veggie garden or trying something new.
If you're tackling organic vegetable gardening for the first time, here are a few tips to get you started. They're from organic gardeners and gardening experts around Tucson.
Sometimes a model railroad meant to run outdoors can take over a yard. Track, trestles, tunnels, town buildings and other features become the overwhelming focus.
Valentine's Day flower bouquets may start to wilt by now, but you're lucky if your sweetie gave you a potted miniature rosebush instead.
Just as putting plants in your yard requires a little bit of thought, so does installing a sculpture in your landscape.
It's been a year since the Pima County Public Library opened seed libraries, and there have been interesting "returns" and donations, says librarian Justine Hernandez.
With spring planting season approaching, it's time to take stock of what's in your garden shed or garage. That way you make sure to use what you have and toss out what you can't salvage.
You can have a Japanese garden without a lot of fuss and space.
Sustainable farming does not have to involve rows and rows of veggies. Or even a garden plot in the backyard.
While people talk about a permanent memorial commemorating the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting, a legacy already exists.
Every year the National Garden Bureau names plants it plans to showcase for the next 12 months.
Tree-loving Melo "Mel" Dominguez sees herself as a soldier in the fight to save the planet.
Horticulturist Eric Clark's mother inherited her grandmother's Christmas cactus; it must be around 80 years old now.
Stuck on what to get the gardener on your holiday gift-giving list? Here are a few suggestions, some of which came from local gardeners.
Flowers - cut or potted - and plants make festive host and hostess gifts that last long past the party.
Mead Mier is a three-time saver.
How does your garden grow?
We lucky Tucsonans get to comfortably hang out outdoors for most of the year. Landscape designer Shelly Ann Abbott has ideas about making our patios inviting enough to do so.
Last fall's mesquite milling event by the Tucson Audubon Society was so successful that some people had to wait awhile to have their tree pods turned into flour.
If you're replacing one plant with another, planting your beds or changing your landscape around, it's a good time to also rethink your drip system.
Two self-guided garden tours next weekend will demonstrate that green living starts out in the yard. Plus, both tours are compact enough that you can walk them.
October is the gardener's reward for toughing out a long, grueling summer of coaxing plants to thrive.
Alternative vegetable gardening, a tribute to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and gardening classes are among the features of three tours in the next two weekends.
Luis and Maria Gutierrez were so inspired by their 2004 trip to the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in France that they built their own version in their front yard.
If your garden looks more like a zoo - caged plants or fenced landscapes to keep critters from eating them - there are a few strategies you can try to keep hungry mammals at bay without ruining the view.
Expand your potting repertoire by creating a landscape in a container.
With prime planting season coming up, three garden tours in Southern Arizona next weekend offer plenty of ideas.
If you're looking for a simple gardening project for the upcoming three-day holiday, put in plants that will attract butterflies.
Transplanted and new gardeners hear the mantra pretty early: Gardening in Tucson is different.
When Matthew Johnson talks about legumes at this week's monthly meeting of The Gardeners of Tucson, he won't focus on lentils, beans, peas or other veggie-garden crops.
Nursery owner Greg Starr sees two kinds of plant lovers. One enjoys cactus and succulents. The other fills the garden with leafy plants.
Even if your tomato plant looks droopy, leggy and flowerless, you might want to hang on to it for a little while longer for a fall crop.
Planting at this time of year may be tough on you, but it's the perfect season for heat-loving species to get in the ground and grow.
How much rainwater have you kept in your yard so far this season? It's not too late to start harvesting it.
With the monsoon season under way, the question for owners of potted cactus comes up: Water or don't water?
Plant collectors are a hardy breed of hobbyists. They face challenges unimportant to accumulators of inanimate objects that can go anywhere.
Nature has created some pretty weird cacti for our enjoyment. Add a bit of human intervention and the strangeness doubles.
Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on landscape designers' favorite underused plants.