Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

March, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Landscape Plant Festival
Check out one of the best plant venues in the Southwest at the Landscape Plant Festival March 23-25 at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to offering just about every native and desert-adapted plant in one easy location, botanic garden horticulturists and professional landscape designers will be on hand to answer questions. There will be landscaping clinics as well. For more information, call (480) 941-1225.

Favorite or New Plant

Bolivian Rainbow Pepper
This colorful pepper plant is an eye-catcher with tiny round peppers in shades of orange, red, and purple - and it's edible. It will bear fruit through the hot summer (even in Arizona!) until cold temperatures arrive. Transplant plants now in garden soil amended with compost. Mix a phosphorus source such as bone meal into the bottom of the planting hole and keep the soil moderately moist. At maturity, this pepper is 18 inches high by 3 feet wide. Protect it if late spring frosts are forecast.


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