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The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree (Calia secundiflora).  A great flowering small to a medium-sized evergreen tree. It will produce very fragrant purple hanging flowers in early spring and usually around late March to early April.  They grow up to 15-maybe 20 ft. tall and about 15 ft. wide.  It loves full sun and thrives in and […]

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List of ground cover plants

List of ground cover plants.  Many ground cover plants are vines that have no support.  You can plant them in the ground with well-composted soil.  But in and around the southwest most will do better in shady conditions.  Underneath a tree or morning, sun and afternoon shade works best. Here is a list of ground cover […]

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The Carolina Jessamine Vine

The Carolina Jessamine Vine. Is a showy spectacular display of fragrant, bright yellow flowers.  A well-mannered vine that climbs beautifully on a trellis, arbor or over fences and walls without smothering surrounding trees and shrubs. It can creep and spread across slopes, banks, and cleared areas.  The Carolina Jessamine vine is an informal, mounding ground cover […]

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How to grow herbs

How to grow herbs. Herbs are one of the easiest plants to grow If done right you can save money at the grocery store Growing your own herbs is a relaxing stress-free project Herbs are good for you You will have a fresh supply of herbs A herb Garden does not require a large area […]

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Colorful petunia plants

Colorful petunia plants – Petunias are plants that have a wide range of color.  They are good in garden boxes, hanging baskets, decorative pots or just planted in the ground.  The colors and varieties are amazing. They are considered annuals and do not like freezing temperatures. Petunias come in Grandiflora, Multiflora, Milliflora, and the Wave […]

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Celosia Plant Care

Celosia Plant Care.  Also called (cockscomb) they are considered a tender annual.  Freezing temperatures will kill them.  Great long lasting beautiful feather-like flower for your garden.  Most come in deep reds, dark orange, bright pinks, and lavender colors.  They do no like below freezing temperatures so plant after the last frost in your area. Depending on […]

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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 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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Sod and Lawn tips for the Southwest

Sod and Lawn tips for the Southwest.  Everyone wants a perfect looking lawn including myself. Here are my tips for making folks say “Wow look at that lawn”! When laying down sod or seed wait at least 2-3 weeks before fertilizing. In the southwest, we get lots of hot dry summer months. Water is essential […]

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Choosing the Best Flowers for Your Window Boxes

Choosing the best flowers for your window boxes.  Window boxes can be a beautiful addition to any home. They work well inside or outside and can be very easy to maintain year-round. The key to creating attractive window boxes is flower selection. Choosing the best flowers for flower window boxes can be a fun exercise for […]

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List Shade Loving Plants

List Shade Loving Plants.  Often times when I observe my landscape area I see shady spots and wonder what type of plant will do well in that area?  You too have probably had those thoughts? So without further ado here are is a list of plants that like shade. Hostas Hostas are grown for their […]

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