Perennials

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush – Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush.  They like full sun or partial shade and lots of water for the first 2 years or so and is a perennial in the southwest. These beautiful plants will grow in almost any soil and they provide a strong lilac fragrance. The blooms have long spike-like blooms that last 3-4 […]

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How to Grow Star Jasmine Vine

How to Grow Star Jasmine Vine. This vine will do well in the southwest providing you follow some of the recommendations outlined in this article. It is an exceptionally fast growing evergreen vine that will do well in partial shade.  It does not mind the hot southwest weather but it will do better in shade.  […]

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Hyssop Flower

A Perennial for Southwestern landscapes. The Hyssop Flower (Agastache Cana) – This great little plant will grow to about 15″ tall and about 18″ wide.  It is a prolific bloomer from about late summer to late fall in and around the southwest.  This variety is a showy lavender rose-colored flower.  It is an easy plant […]

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Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the southwest.  How do you care for them? It is a bit tricky especially in the Southwest where temperatures can get as high as 115 or more during the mid-summer seasons. But the good news it is not as hard as some people may believe. The good news is that roses will do well […]

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Green Cloud Sage

Texas Sage Bushes

Texas sage bushes are adapted to the southwest heat. All are drought tolerant and hardy for Xeriscape landscapes or rock gardens. They are normally insect and disease tolerant.  They are not really sage bushes at all the real name is Leucophyllums! Also, most folks call them sages, and that’s ok because that is what the […]

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The Wax Leaf Privet

The Wax Leaf Privet will do great in the Southwest.  It is a perennial and will stay green year round.  Grows to about 8-10 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide.  Nice shiny waxy foliage with a small creamy white flower in spring. If you are looking for a tall hedge this is the one to […]

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Euonymus Plants

Euonymus Plants

Euonymus Plants are great fast-growing evergreen shrubs that do well almost anywhere.  In the Southwest, they will thrive providing you nourish and water often.  They are not drought tolerant plants but can withstand the harsh mid-summer heat. Where to place them You can use them as stand-alone plants or in a container as shown below.  They are […]

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Plumbago Plants

Plumbago Plants (In Your Garden)

Plumbago Plants for your garden.  Below is the Royal Cape Plumbago (Plumbagoo auriculatla ‘Monott’) In the Southwest this plant will bloom from early spring all the way to mid-fall.  A very hardy plant with a bright showy blue flower.  This is a perfect plant that can be used for contrasting color to other plants that give out […]

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The Pindo Palm Tree

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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