Desert Blooms

New Mexico's gardens and landscapes can thrive anywhere, from our high snowy mountain peaks to our hot desert plains. NMSU's Extension and research programs can help you learn how to use your resources to create the ideal garden or landscape environment perfectly suited to your lifestyle.

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Explore 750+ xeric plants – native and adapted – that thrive in New Mexico, El Paso and the surrounding areas.
You can search by plant name, category (tree, shrub, perennial, annual), type (evergreen, deciduous, semi-), and sun requirement (sun/shade combinations) and see each plant's water requirements for the southern, central, or northern part of the state.

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Plant Selector

Southwest Yard and Garden plant selector. A searchable arid plants web site.

How-to videos

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Yard & Garden
by Curtis Smith and recently by Marisa Thompson

20+ years of Southwest Yard & Garden columns address gardening and landscaping solutions for the desert Southwest.

Gardening Columns
by George Dickerson

These columns contain a wealth of information about vegetable gardening in the high desert of New Mexico.