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February 2017 picks for the Gardener

Author: John Roark
Issue: February, 2017, Page 126
Local artisan Brandon Williams offers another stylish way to heat up your winter evenings. The Royalfire fire pit commands attention in any outdoor setting with a crown of rhythmic peaks and graceful arches. Available in natural gas, propane or wood-burning models, it’s a warm addition to patios when the temperatures dip—and a cool work of art even when unlit. 12"H by 30" in diameter. $950-$1,150 (

CACTUS ENVYA user-friendly comprehensive resource for Southwest gardeners, “Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing and Growing 200 Easy-Care Plants” (Oxmoor House) is brimming with new ways to enjoy low-maintenance gardening indoors and out. This lavishly photographed handbook includes ideas for containers, gardens, vertical walls and step-by-step DIY projects, plus tips on care and cultivation. $25

TAKE A MEMOEven reluctant gardeners can’t resist the  Cork Cactus, which will thrive in the most inhospitable environments, weeding out clutter and brightening desktops. The cactus can be removed from its terracotta pot for storage beneath, and includes pushpin “flowers” to anchor the important stuff. 6"H by 2.75"W. $19 (
GO FOR THE GOLDSetting a swanky standard for best-dressed lawns, the Garden Glory Garden Hose (shown in Gold Digger) is made of high-quality PVC; is lead-, cadmium- and phthalates-free for safe water drinking; and is UV-protected to prevent fading. The 65-foot hose includes a three-setting nozzle. Antler Wallmount sold separately. $119 (

PERFECT PERCHHummingbirds are fascinating garden visitors, but they rarely alight long enough for us to enjoy their beauty and lightning-quick antics. Suspend the Arbor Hummingbird Swing near a feeder or nectar-rich flowering plants, and these fine feathered friends will start spending quality time where you can delight in their company. Available in tan or white. 8"H by 6"W by 0.75"D. $16 (
HIP TO BE SQUAREThe world of plant stands has always been round. With so many distinctive square garden pots to showcase your green-thumb triumphs, the time has come to embrace corners as well as curves. Designed and crafted locally by Richard Ferraro, wrought-iron stands created for square containers will withstand the Arizona outdoors and are a perfect rustic complement for garden and home. Available in three sizes ranging from 10" square by 5.5"H to 19" square by 24"H. $75-$125 (

FLY-BY DININGThe hand-painted ceramic Butterfly Puddling Stone is a beautiful way to attract colorful winged ones to your garden. Place the stone in a sunny location, fill the well with sand and a pinch of salt and add water. Butterflies are drawn to the salts and minerals left behind after the water evaporates. Once they’ve found a source, they’ll flutter in regularly to see what’s on the menu. 0.75"H by 5.5"W by 9.5"L. $25 (

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