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 […]

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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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Parry's Agave Plant

Parry’s Agave Plant

Parry’s Agave Plant also called mescal agave (Agave Parryi or Asparagaceae) is a  desert plant that resembles an artichoke and is in the Century plant family.  It’s an amazing plant that will shoot out a tall stalk that resembles asparagus plants it does this when it is fully mature.  The stalk is will grow up […]

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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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The Ocotillo Plant

The Ocotillo Plant

The Ocotillo Plant (Fouquieria splendens). Is a majestic desert flowering plant.  The limbs or stems will shoot out towards the sky.  It will look great in all desert landscapes and can tolerate poor soil.  It is a plant that is indigenous to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. They have tubular flowers that are bright orange in color […]

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Hibiscus Plant varieties

Hibiscus plant species

Hibiscus plant species. The hardy Hibiscus plants love the hot southwestern sun.  They also like humidity and moist soil.  It is not a drought tolerant plant but with a good drip system, it will thrive and produce dinner plate size flowers from late spring until late fall. Hibiscus plants are perennials Yes, they will come […]

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Red Crape Myrtles

Red Flowering Crape Myrtles

A Crape Myrtle that blooms all summer long.  The Enduring Summer™ Red Crape Myrtle. Red Flowering Crape Myrtles.  The thing about this Crape Myrtle is that it seems to bloom all summer long. And if you trim off the expired blooms it will bloom until mid-fall. Drought resistant plant once it becomes established usually around […]

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Landscaping with Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtles plants love full sun and rich loamy soil, they like humidity and can tolerate the southwestern heat. Providing they get plenty of water when first planted. They do like circulation so be sure to plant them away from other heavy foliage trees or plants. Newly planted Crape Myrtles need lots of water, preferably twice […]

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