Gardening in a desert climate isn't easy, but this time of year is particularly tricky thanks to skyrocketing temperatures and seasonal dryness. Our friends at Gardenista consulted with Southwestern garden shop owner Michelle Teague and landscape designer Mark Woods for their top tips for surviving in the desert (that applies to both plants, and humans--us gardeners need protection too!).

One of Mark Woods' favorite Southwestern native plants. Photo courtesy of Gardenista.

Get their expert advice on regional weeds, watering techniques, safe garden pest protection, and more in Gardenista's Q&A.

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