There are plenty of great resources to help xeric gardeners plan and plant low-water landscapes that look terrific. Check out the resources listed below to learn more, and though some are for certain regions, they all offer great information.

Southwest Gardening:

I’ve just joined three fellow garden writers in launching a new site specific to Southwest Gardening. Check out our posts starting in January 2018.

Water Conservation and Drought-tolerant Planting:

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Xeriscape Council of NM

Center for Landscape Water Conservation

Water Use It Wisely (Arizona cooperative campaign)

Bewaterwise for southern California

General Gardening:

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

New Mexico State University Desert Blooms (and a search component for pamphlets, etc.)

National Garden Bureau (including an extensive list of garden bloggers)

National Gardening Association

Great Garden Supply’s Zone Gardening: the Definitive Guide

AZ Plant Lady, a favorite blog from our neighboring state

Backyard Boss for great DIY ideas for home and garden.

Southern Wild, in honor of my mother and Southern upbringing

It’s A Dry Heat from David Cristiani in Las Cruces, NM

Native or Drought-tolerant Plants:

Plants of the Southwest

Plant and Weed Identification Sites and Tools:

National Gardening Association Plant Finder

Southwest Plant Selector App

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Colorado State University Noxious Weed Identification

New Mexico State University Troublesome Weeds

USDA Plants Database

Weed Science Society of America Weed Identification

Rainwater Collection and Rain Barrels:

Rutgers Cooperative Extension and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Rain Barrel Testing Report

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

Harvest H20

Sightline Institute Article With Links

Texas Water Development Board Report on Roof Material and Water Quality

New Mexico Chile:

New Mexico Chile Association (source for NM chile companies)

Diaz Farms (another source for chile products, and check out their Chile history page)

New Mexico Gardens and Plants:

Hondo Iris Farm

Los Poblanos Historic Inn, Organic Farm, Lavender Farm

Native Plant Society of New Mexico

New Mexico Xeriscaping Design:

Judith Phillips’ Design Oasis (designer, author, instructor, activist)

High Country Landscapes, LLC (in Ruidoso area)

WaterWise Landscapes Inc. (Hunter Ten Broeck)


U.S. Composting Council (links and resources)

EPA home composting tips

Short-Season and Organic Seeds:

Renee’s Garden Seeds

High Mowing Seeds

Victory Seeds Kit

Johnny’s Seeds

Irish Eyes Garden Seeds

Drought and Climate Change:

U.S. Drought Monitor

NOAA State of the Climate

Monarch Butterfly and Bug Identification:

University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab videos

Southwest Monarch Study

The Xerces Society

Texas Butterfly Ranch blog post

Poster from NMSU of our beneficial insects

Colorado State University Extension Office

Succulent and Cactus Care:

Simply Succulents

Mountain Crest Gardens

International Euphorbia Society

Passive Solar:

U.S. Department of Energy

New Mexico Solar Energy Association Passive Solar Design

Epsom Salt and Other Myths:

Horticultural Myths from Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University

New Jersey Star-Ledger Article

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