Inland Northwest, High Desert
Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs, by Cheryl S. Smith (Dogwise Publishing, 2003, $19.95) is worthwhile reading for those of us who love our dogs as much as our gardens. Smith covers everything from teaching Fido to dig in appropriate digging pits to planting with man's best friend in mind. The author covers tough ground covers, dog-crash-proof shrubs, and more. If you don't buy the book for garden-friendly dog advice, buy it for the list of toxic (to dogs) plants.
Favorite or New Plant
Creeping thyme isn't primarily a flowering plant, but it will bloom with tiny flowers now and then. Thyme's claim to fame is its adaptability. It puts up with full sun, crowds out weeds, climbs over and around rocks and stepping stones (it doesn't mind light foot traffic), and is even edible. Light green, fragrant, and only an inch high, creeping thyme is perfect in a high-desert rock garden. It's easy to overwater this Mediterranean member of the mint family. Don't baby it and you'll get along fine.