Magazine article Sunset

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Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

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"Just the sound from a fountain seems to cool down a desert garden."

JOHANNA SILVER, ASSOCIATE GARDEN EDITOR

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Keeping cool in the heat

This Palm Springs garden is like an oasis in the desert, with its burbling fountain and leafy acacia. Yet it uses much less water than the lawn it replaced. Landscape designers Daniel Clemens and Jim Haggerty of Desert Landscape Design kept the homeowners' 50-year-old fan palms but replaced the lawn with unthirsty plants, including spiny-head mat-rush (Lomandra longifoUa) beneath the palms and the coral-like lady's slipper (Pedilanthus macrocarpus) in the foreground. Stone mulch and boulder accents give the garden a finished look, desertlandscapedesign.com.

* PLANT

In the hottest low-desert locations, some succulents are treated as annuals and grown over the cool months. Pot up rosette-shaped ones such as Crassufa, Dudley a, Echeveria, and Graptopetalum species.

At low and intermediate elevations, sow seeds for greens that will produce all winter long. Mix greenand red-leaf lettuces with bok choy, Swiss chard, and spicy greens such as arugula and mustard.

Plant heirloom sweet peas. Try the fragrant 'Blue Reflections' or 'Beaujolais', a profusely flowering wine-colored selection. …

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