Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

February, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Schoolyard Habitat Contest
The Schoolyard Habitat Foundation sponsors an annual contest for schools in Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix and surrounds), to win a free wildlife habitat for their grounds. The lucky winner receives an organic water feature, native plants, irrigation, ground cover, and boulders. The entire project is professionally installed, although the school community is welcome to participate in both design and installation. The only requirement is that the schoolyard have at least 1000 square feet to use for the habitat. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2006. For an entry form and details, go to

Favorite or New Plant

Angelita Daisy
This little bundle of joy belongs in every yard. Angelita daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis) blooms almost year-round with sunny yellow flowers set against dark green foliage. Drought tolerant and fast growing, angelita is happy in full or partial sun. It spreads in neat, round clumps that are perfect for those narrow strips along sidewalks where larger plants would be in the way, but where you want to look at something besides gravel mulch. Also good around swimming pools and patios because it is very low litter, while still bright and cheerful to look at.


Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Salvia regla 'Royal'"