Annuals

Annual Plants for the Southwest

Garden Design

How to increase flowering in plants

One question gardeners in and around the Southwest ask are ” How to increase flowering in plants ?” during the hot summer season? It is a big problem when the temperatures can reach 110° Fahrenheit in the lower elevations of the Southwest. How to increase flowering in plants The Southwest soil is poor and lacks […]

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How to choose the right plants for your garden

  How to choose the right plants for your garden.  Before you go to the 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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How to landscape in the Southwest

How to landscape in the Southwest. Landscaping in the southwest requires you to start thinking along the lines of harmony. The fundamental way to your landscaping design success is consistency and it will need to be applied to your entire yard and all-around your home. It does not matter if you are from the Southwest […]

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Rose Bush Problems

IDENTIFYING COMMON ROSE PROBLEMS Rose Bush Problems.  Roses are beautiful spring-blooming plants and they come in many colors and varieties.  And hundreds of hybrids are being made on a yearly basis.  Here are a few common-sense solutions to problems with roses. Follow Label Instructions Be sure to follow all label instructions and local state regulations […]

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The Gazania Plant

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

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Plants that are attracted to bees

Plants that attract bees

Plants that attract bees.  Most folks know honey bees are on the endangered species list but are they? They are not on the endangered list.   The yellow-face bee that is native to Hawaii is on the list but the Common honey bee is not. This is what snopes.com has to say about the Yellow-Face Bee. […]

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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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Garden stock plants

Garden stock plants

Garden stock plants are also known as Matthiola incana plants.  Commonly called Stock Plants, hoary Stock or just Stock.  These colorful plants are grown as annuals in the Southwest and other parts of the country.  They are grown and used in flowering bed gardens and planted for their pleasant sweet smell and their wonderous flowering […]

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Wave petunias for color

Wave Petunias for Color: plants for summer color

Wave Petunias for Color.  One of the best types of petunias that will thrive and bloom from mid-spring until late fall in the desert Southwest are the wave Petunias. What makes these Petunias so special? Well, for one they will spread quickly and bloom throughout the summer months.  You can plant them in the ground […]

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Snapdragons

Snapdragon Plant Care

Snapdragon Plant care.  These plants are also called Antirrhinum, dragon flower or the Spanish name “boca de dragón”.  They will bloom throughout the spring seasons and into early summer.  Once it gets hot they start to fizzle out in the hot southwest summer heat.  But to make them bloom longer and look better trying placing […]

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