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The Gazania Plant

The Gazania Plant, these plants are great for a full hot sunny area.  They are moderate watering plants and are considered annuals/perennials in the Southwest.  They do great in rock gardens or Xeriscape landscape.  Plant them with other low water plants like Verbena, Lantana, and Salvias. Very easy to grow in plant form or start them […]

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The Pindo Palm Tree

The Pindo Palm Tree (Butia capitata).  Is a great Palm tree for the Southwest especially in places where temps get below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  It will grow to about 20 ft. tall or so.  Much shorter than other palms like the Mediterranean, Mexican, and California palm trees. How Cold Hardy is this Palm Tree? Their cold […]

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Types of Plants that Attract Butterflies

Types of Plants that Attract Butterflies.  Most outdoor plants will produce some kind of flower, however, some flowers are more attractive to butterflies than others. It’s best to know what the type of plants you want to use in your garden if you want to attract butterflies. But first, here is a list of plants […]

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Mexican Primrose

The Mexican Primrose also called Texas Primrose, Evening Primrose and it’s botanical name Oenothera Berlandieri.  It can grow in poor soil but will do better with composted loamy soil.  It is considered a low water plant but can also take lots of water.  Tolerates full sun but will bloom longer if placed in morning sun […]

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The Emu Bush

The Emu bush is in the Figwort family (Eremophila plant).  It is also called the Valentine bush.  It grows well in the arid desert southwest.  It can tolerate poor soil and does not require much water once established.  This is a good plant for Xeriscaping landscape or as a stand-alone plant. Place it full sun for […]

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The Kalanchoe Plant

The Kalanchoe Plant

The Kalanchoe Plant (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is easy to grow indoor houseplant.  It can also be used outdoors during the spring and fall seasons.  The blooms are white, pink, fuschia, and light orange. This plant does have thick leaves and is considered a succulent.  It is a low maintenance plant but it does require good well […]

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Mexican Petunia Plant

The Mexican Petunia Plant (Ruellia brittoniana) sometimes called British Ruellia.  It is a fast growing easy care perennial for southwest landscaping.  It comes back year after year without any problem.  Propagating is a breeze just snip off a stem place in water and soil and it will grow! A showy purple flower that blooms for only 2-3 […]

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Purple Verbena Plants

Purple Verbena Plants are beautiful cascading purple flowers great for Xeriscaping landscape.  This really nice looking desert plant will do well in rock gardens or places where there is lots of hot sun.  There are numerous types of Verbena plants and the one pictured above is the trailing variety. How big do Purple Verbena Plants Grow? […]

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Weeping Willow Landscape

Weeping Willow Landscape – (Salix babylonica) A great tree for the Southwest.  Nice long flowing branches that weep towards the ground.  It will grow about 50 ft. tall and 40 ft. wide.  It is one of the quickest growing trees in the Southwest area.  It does like lots of water…it is NOT a drought tolerant […]

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Small Desert Plants: Desert landscape ideas for backyards

Small Desert Plants for the southwest.  These small cactus plants are great for a small Xeriscape landscape design.  Most will require little water and will tolerate full hot sun…perfect for those small hot places that are bare. Desert plants are susceptible to mealybugs and other insects.  Owners tend to neglect them because they are low […]

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