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As summer begins to slowly fade and the heat begins to dissipate, 西南花园活过来了.

西南园“第二春”

Plants perk up in the absence of 100+ degree temperatures and people begin to venture outdoors  (without their hats!)欣赏美丽的环境.

When people talk about their favorite season, many will tell you that spring is the time that they enjoy the most as their gardens come alive, spring forth with new green growth and colorful blooms.  

天花(Duranta erecta)

天花(Duranta erecta)

While spring is a glorious time in the desert landscape with winter blooms overlapping with spring flowering 植物s along with cactus flowers – it isn’t the only ‘spring’ that the desert experiences.

“第二个春天”在西南沙漠

Fall is often referred to as the “second spring” in the desert southwest as 植物s take on a refreshed appearance due to the cooler temperatures with many still producing flowers.  Many birds, butterflies and other wildlife reappear during the daytime hours in autumn.

Desert residents often find themselves making excuses to spend more time outdoors whether it’s taking a longer walk or bringing their laptop outdoors w在这里 they can enjoy the comfortable temperatures and surrounding beauty of the landscape.

“第二个春天”在西南沙漠

Fall is also a time w在这里 we take a look around our own garden setting and decide to make some changes whether it is taking out thirsty, 古老的植物取代了它们, drought tolerant 植物s or creating an outdoor room by expanding a patio or perhaps adding a pergola.

火焰悬钩子(大悬钩子属. wrightii)

火焰悬钩子(大悬钩子属. wrightii) 

No matter what garden region you live in – fall is the best time of year to add new 植物s to the landscape as it provides 植物s with three seasons in which to grow a good root system before the heat of the next summer arrives.

**Thinking of making some changes to your landscape?  点击 在这里 for a list my favorite drought tolerant 植物s that provide fall blooms.