Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

June, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Chihuly Rose
If you have room for only one bush and can't decide upon color, consider this floribunda. Named in honor of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, blooms provide a changing blend of colors, from apricot/yellow to vivid orange/red against deep glossy green foliage. Medium-sized blooms have 25 to 30 petals with a mild tea fragrance.

Clever Gardening Technique

Deadhead Roses Effectively
When removing spent rose blooms, clip as small a length of stem as possible, leaving as much foliage as possible. Extra foliage both shades the canes from sunburn and helps the plant photosynthesize to provide nutrients to the bush.

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