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Evergreen shrubs and trees for the Southwest

Evergreen shrubs and trees for the Southwest. Shrubs that stay green all year. 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 […]

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How to pick healthy plants

How to pick healthy plants

Buying plants at the big box stores How to pick healthy plants. This post is mainly about perennials, annuals, and plants that come in 4 or 6 pack, 4″ or 6″ plastic containers.  Larger plants, shrubs, and trees will be discussed in a future post. Local Nursery Versus Big-Box Stores First a little about purchasing […]

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Dead Nettle Plant – Care and Planting

The Dead Nettle Plant is a great little leaf plant that is perfect for ground-cover or in a decorative pot.  It is a herbaceous perennial and likes acidic soil.  There are about 50 species of this plant but the most common is the white Nancy (Malculatum).  These are usually sold at most retail gardening stores […]

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Grow Christmas Cactus

Grow Christmas Cactus

How to Grow Christmas Cactus (cacti Schlumbergera).  This plant is grown for its colorful blooms from white, bright pink, and deep dark red blooms and because the blooming season is right around Christmas time, thus its name.  It will also bloom again in mid-spring… it’s then called a spring cactus. The Christmas cactus is in the succulent […]

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Poinsettia Plant care

Poinsettia plant care – Keep plants looking good

Poinsettia plant care.   Poinsettias are in the Euphorbiaceae family and are used in pots and shown during the holiday seasons, especially during the Christmas season. All Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Central America and thrive in the tropical forests.  In Mexico, it is called the “Nochebuena flor” or Flower of the Holy Night in […]

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Gardening Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Gardening Gift Ideas for the Gardener.  There is nothing better than receiving a gift relating to one’s passion. If your loved one’s passion is gardening, then show your thoughtfulness by giving a gift that will be truly appreciated. There are so many great gardening gifts that the only constraint is your own budget. Small Budget? […]

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Successful Container Gardening

Successful Container Gardening

Successful Container Gardening.  How to maintain and create beautiful, wonderful hanging baskets or container plants at any time of the year. The first thing you’ll need is good loamy potting soil.  One of the best is the Fertilome potting mix as it contains a wetting agent, perlite,  and sphagnum peat moss.  It can be used […]

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Lavender Plants in The Garden

Lavender Plants in The Garden.  These plants can be used as hedges or stand-alone plants.  There are many types of Lavender that can be used in the garden.  Lavenders will give off a strong aromatic scent Below are some of the most common Lavenders.  In places where the temperatures reach over 110° Fahrenheit during the […]

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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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Purple Leaf Plum Trees

Purple Leaf Plum Trees – Landscaping tree

Purple Leaf Plum Trees (Prunus cerasifera) are small to medium-sized trees that do well in and around the southwest.  The most interesting thing about these trees is the brilliant showy bright pink flowers they produce during the early spring. It is one of the first trees to bloom in early spring.  Here is more information […]

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