Perennials

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How to grow Russian sage

How to grow Russian sage. The Russian sage bush or plant – (Peroviskia artiplicifolia) Russian Sage Plant How to grow Russian sage This plant thrives in and around the Southwest it has tall spikey limbs that are a bright lavender blue color.  The foliage is a silver gray color.  It starts to bloom in late […]

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Care of Knock Out Roses

The care of Knock Out roses Care of Knock Out Roses. These roses continually produce blooms all spring and throughout the fall seasons in the Southwest.  They are self-cleaning this means very little dead-heading.  The blooms are a bright candy apple red color. Plant them several in a row to make a gorgeous hedge or […]

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Lilac Flowering Shrub

Lilac flowering shrub. Lilacs are tuff hardy shrubs that are very fragrant during the mid-spring seasons.  They will tolerate minus 40° weather! Many people think these plants will not survive the southwest summer heat, but they will….and they will look fantastic and bloom mainly in early spring. Water more often the first 3-4 years after […]

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Preparing garden for fall

Preparing garden for fall

Preparing garden for fall! Ahhh, fall! With the changing colors, the bright, sunny days, and the cool, crisp nights, autumn is the perfect time to work in the garden. After a hot summer, the still-warm soil protects the root systems of new plantings, helps divided perennials survive the cut, and grows some vegetable varieties quickly. […]

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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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Bush Of Coreopsis Flowers

Coreopsis flowering perennial

The Coreopsis flowering perennial is a nice looking bedding plant.  Daisy-like flowers that are delicate but will bloom most of the spring and again in fall.  They get about 2ft. tall and are easy to grow.  They like good loamy well-drained soil. They are also called tickseed and are of the family “Asteraceae” plant.  Like […]

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Yellow Bells Plant

Yellow Bells Plant

The Yellow Bells Scientific Name: Bignoniaceae (above) Also called Esperanza plant or the Yellow Tecoma Stans.  It does best in full sun but can tolerate some shade. Dark green leaves beautiful yellow like Blooms in spring into mid summer. Fast growing in the desert southwest. Can grow up to 5-6 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. Very […]

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Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas. Gardening full time is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  But there are still those who have a hard time gardening or don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy their landscape area.  Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids […]

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Water Smart Plants

  Water Conservation with the right plants. Living in the southwest does require special needs when it comes to finding the right plants for your garden. I love planting stuff almost year round, outdoors, indoors, vegetables, flowers, annuals, and perennials.  But in, mid-summer I struggle to keep my plants looking their best. Yes, I too have […]

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How to choose the right plants for your garden

  How to choose the right plants for your garden.  Before going to your local garden center or nursery it is best to take notes on your current landscape. Grab a pen and pad, go outside and start taking notes on what you will need. It is easy to get caught up with all the […]

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