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Texas Sage Bushes

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

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Black-Eyed Susan Plant

Black Eyed Susan plant – Backyard landscaping

Black-Eyed Susan plant(Rudbeckia hirta) for backyard landscaping.  Also called yellow daisies and brown Betty plants.  These are great plants for the summer season as they will bloom all summer.  They will normally come back year after year, yes they are considered a perennial. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to the yellow flower with the […]

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Landscaping with Canna lilies

Landscaping with Canna lilies

Landscaping with Canna lilies (Cannaceae). If you are looking for a tropical look in your garden then cannas are the plants to have they thrive in the summer heat and will produce flowers over and over again.  The flowers are large and bright and the foliage is large often mistaken for banana plant and color […]

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Evergreen shrubs and trees for the Southwest

Evergreen shrubs and trees for the Southwest. Shrubs for the Southwest The Waxleaf Privet “Ligustrum japonicum” is a good evergreen plant or shrub.  Excellent to use as a stand-alone plant or place them in rows for a great border privacy wall.   They can also be trimmed to almost any shape.  A round ball or […]

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Lily turf plants for landscape

Lily turf plants (Liriope muscari) also called Liriope, monkey grass, border grass, and lilyturf.  They are considered an evergreen perennial grass used for borders in and around lawns and other types of landscape. They will eventually grow to about 2 ft. wide and 1.5 ft. tall producing a spikey purple like bloom during mid-summer until […]

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5 Expert Gardening Tips that will Save Money

5 Expert Gardening Tips That Will Save Money As Well As Time Gardening is a great and healthy hobby, and if it is done right, it can also save you a lot of money. Many people complain that gardens require a lot of maintenance and they take up a lot of time, but if you […]

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plants that repel mosquitoes

List of plants that repel mosquitoes

List of plants that repel mosquitoes. During the monsoon season in the Southwest, mosquitoes are a BIG problem.  They appear almost everywhere at social gatherings, work, home and inside buildings. Do these plants really repel mosquitoes?  Some people swear by these plants others say it has no effect.  I have not done a scientific study […]

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Golden barrel cactus plants

Golden Barrel Cactus Plants

The Golden Barrel Cactus Plants (Echinocactus grusonii) are drought tolerant and easy to grow desert plants.  If you have a desert landscape this is one plant that needs to be there.  Also called the mother in law cushion plant. The top of the cactus is covered with wool-like needles.  It will produce numerous yellow flowers […]

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Gardening For Older Generations

Gardening For Older Generations

Gardening For Older Generations. Recent research has revealed that roughly 2 million American seniors infrequently or never go out of their homes. The same research has indicated that going outside daily may help you live for longer. This is one reason why gardening is such a good option for older adults. As well as helping […]

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Insects and Diseases on plants

Insects and diseases on plants are a big problem for almost any part of the U.S. or in the world, and the Southwest U.S.region has its share of pests and diseases.  Many folks have no idea why a plant looks magnificent one day then almost withers away a few days later. It’s always best to […]

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