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Structural and textural plants define the beauty of Desert gardens.

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Scott Calhoun is enthralled with the bold plants native to the American Southwest and is known for his innovative garden design work with succulents. With 21 years of gardening experience and six plant books to his credit, Scott is recognized as one of the preeminent horticulturists in the arid West. His first book, Yard Full of Sun, won the American Horticultural Society Book Award. Scott is an Arizona Certified Nursery Professional. He runs his own design studio, Zona Gardens, in Tucson, Arizona. Find out more about Scott and read his blog, at www.zonagardens.com.

Desert Gardening: Organic Gardening Methods

Lowe’s desert gardening expert discusses ways to reduce the amount of chemicals in your garden.

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Desert Gardening: Practical Landscaping Advice

Learn about proven, practical, and easy-on-the-budget landscaping tips for desert gardens.

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Desert Gardening: Perennials for Our Climate

Tough, drought-tolerant perennials do grow in the desert Southwest. Here are some recommendations from Lowe’s regional gardening contributor.

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Desert Gardening: Tough Shrubs for the Southwest

Desert gardeners, take heart! Some durable, easy-to-grow woody shrubs can stand up to the hot and dry weather of the Southwest.

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Desert Gardening: Dealing with Severe Weather

Lowe’s Southwest gardening expert offers strategies to combat severe weather in desert gardens.

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Desert Gardening: Favorite Summer Container Plants

Desert gardeners, here’s how to make the most out of container pots over the warm months.

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Desert Gardening: Growing Edibles in Small Spaces

Learn strategies for getting the most food production from a small garden plot in the Desert Southwest.

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Desert Gardening: Success with Southwest Soils

Learn about common soil types in the Desert Southwest region and how to deal with them.

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Desert Gardening: Spring Pruning Tips

Not sure what to prune in your Southwest garden? Lowe’s desert gardening expert discusses the what, when, and how-to for pruning dry-climate plants.

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Desert Gardening: How to Grow Roses in the Southwest

Lowe’s desert region gardening expert talks about what it takes to be successful with roses in the Southwest’s dry, hot climate.

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Desert Gardening: Plans for 2014

Desert gardening expert Scott Calhoun discusses his hopes, dreams, and aspirations for his garden in the new year.

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Desert Gardening: Wisdom of the Ages

Lowe's desert region gardening expert talks about old gardening techniques used in the Southwest that still work today.

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Desert Gardening: Ornamental Grasses Improve a Landscape

Less work than a lawn, ornamental grasses bring movement, color, and texture to any garden—even desert gardens.

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Desert Gardening: Extending the Fall Season

Lowe’s desert region gardening expert talks about his favorite plants that extend the gardening season far into fall.

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Desert Gardening: Fall Container Planting

Learn which plants to use in containers and how to pair them with these tips from Lowe’s Desert Southwest gardening expert.

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Desert Gardening: Turf Tips

Lowe’s Desert Southwest gardening expert talks about caring for turf in home gardens.

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Desert Gardening: Summer Surprises

Lowe’s Desert Southwest gardening expert talks about plants that disappear in winter but come roaring back in summer.

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Desert Gardening: Drumming Up Color for Under $100

Lowe’s Desert Southwest gardening expert Scott Calhoun shows how to repurpose a 55-gallon drum into a stunning planter.

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Desert Gardening: What’s the Right Shrub for You?

Lowe’s regional gardening contributor talks about using woody shrubs in your Desert Southwest yard.

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Desert Gardening: Heat-Loving Flowers

Lowe’s Desert Southwest garden contributor talks about favorite flowers that bloom even during superhot summer conditions.

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Desert Gardening: Plants for Dry Shade

Lowe’s desert gardening expert shares some of the top plant picks for shade in Southwest gardens.

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Desert Gardening: Heat-loving Groundcovers

Lowe’s Desert Southwest gardening expert shares tips about top-performing groundcovers for area landscapes.

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Desert Gardening: Edible Garden Tour

Lowe’s gardening expert Scott Calhoun shows what to plant, harvest, and fertilize in low-desert gardens as summer begins.

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Desert Gardening: Tough Container Plants for Patios

Lowe’s Desert gardening expert shares some favorite low-care patio planting ideas for containers.

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Desert Gardening: What’s Eating Your Garden?

Watch out for these common Southwestern desert pests! Learn what to watch for, then how to deal with them.

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Desert Gardening: Spring Flowers for the Southwest

Lowe’s desert garden expert Scott Calhoun shares a few of his favorite spring flowers for Southwest gardens.

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Desert Gardening: Tackling Compacted Soil in the Desert

Planting in tough soils ranks among the biggest challenges facing desert gardeners. Here are some techniques for dealing with that.

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Desert Gardening: In Sync with the Seasons

Get in tune with your desert garden by learning which types of plants will thrive when planted in spring, and which ones you should save for fall.

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Desert Gardening: Preparing the Garden for Spring

Spring-cleaning in your garden isn’t hard. Doing these easy chores will ramp up your home’s curb appeal and keep your plants happy.

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Desert Gardening: Farming by the Foot

Experience the satisfaction of harvesting delicious fruits and vegetables that grow in surprisingly small spaces.

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Desert Gardening: Using Houseplants Outdoors in the Southwest

With their bold foliage, penchant for growing in shady situations and ready availability, houseplants brought outdoors enhance a patio.

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5 Tips for Desert Gardeners in 2013

Make better gardening decisions for the new year. Southwest garden expert Scott Calhoun shares five tips for smarter gardening in 2013.

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Desert Gardening: A Desert Garden Thru the Seasons

Take note of what works in your garden, season to season. Then make adjustments, says Lowe’s Desert region gardening expert Scott Calhoun.

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Desert Gardening: A Shrub for Every Season

Four different desert shrubs that bloom during different seasons will keep your desert garden beautiful all year long.

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Desert Gardening: Gardening Calendar

This annual gardening calendar for the Desert Region will help you decide what tasks to do and when to do them.

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Desert Gardening: Savvy Advice for Desert Gardeners

Timely advice on rabbit proofing, dealing with bugs, and planting trees and shrubs.

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Desert Gardening: Early Spring Blooming Plants

Brighten up your desert garden with a handful of plants that bloom in early spring.

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