Gardening in the Southwest

There's so much to love about gardening in the Desert Southwest: the colorful plants and amazing variety of foliage, to name just two. But gardening in the Desert Southwest also has its challenges, which is why we put together this guide to help you create a beautiful, easy-to-maintain landscape. Start with plants that are resilient to deer, so you don't have to worry about wildlife devastating your flowerbeds. Or choose tough growers that have already adapted to the climate of the Desert Southwest. Try 15 great native plants and even more no-fail perennials that are beautiful, too. You'll enjoy taking a tour of a Desert Southwest garden in Texas, with lots of outdoor living spaces that are made for family and friends. If you're new to gardening in the Desert Southwest, use these woody plants and fragrant flowers adapted to the arid climate to help find balance with the limited water supply. You'll also enjoy the beautiful selections that draw birds and butterflies to your yard, and you'll appreciate the edibles you can grow, harvest, and eat. Use our month-by-month calendar to make your garden tasks easier to manage.


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Fragrant Flowers for the Southwest

Enjoy sweet scents in your yard with these plants.

Deer- and Heat-Resistant Plants

Steer clear of the deer with these extra-tough perennials.

Southwest Flowering Shrubs

Add color and texture with shrubs that stand up to heat.

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