Gardening in the Desert Southwest has become an exercise in managing extremes. Recently, we experienced the coldest temperatures in 30 years. This past summer we experienced the most number of days at or above 110 degrees. Taking into consideration that avid gardeners will continue to plant their gardens, here are some extreme plant choices for extreme conditions.

Extreme Sun

(cool season):Alyssum, Calendula, Carnation-Border Pinks, Coreopsis, Gaillardia, Gazania, Geraniums, Lavender-Fernleaf, Marguerite Daisy, Petunias - regular and wave, Snapdragons, Stock, Sweet Peas, and Herbs such as: Rosemary, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Basil, and Chives.

(warm season): Amaranth, Angelonia, Beans - yard long, Black-eyed peas, Cantaloupe, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Dahlia, Evening Primrose, Gomphrena, Marigold, Portulaca, Thunbergia, Vinca, Zinnia, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gaillardia, Gazania, Okra, Potatoes - sweet), Sunflowers, and herbs such as: Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, and Chives.