Ajuga Reptans Plants

Ajuga Reptans Plants

What are Ajuga Reptans plants?  They go by other names mainly Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle, Carpet weed, and ground pine.  These plants are low-growing easy to maintain plants and used for ground cover in gardens, landscapes, or containers.  They are mostly used and grown for there attractive foliage colors. Most gardeners use them in pots for […]

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How to block neighbors view of my yard

How to block neighbors view of my yard

Here is a question I get all the time “How to block neighbors view of my yard”?  What you need are privacy plants,  It seems folks want something that will block the neighbors from looking into your yard.  Often times they want to block the view of the neighbor’s yard.  Either way, there are plants […]

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The Mesquite Tree

The Mesquite Tree

The Mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) or is it a large bush?  In its natural habitat, it is a desert bush that needs little water and tolerates poor soils.  It will lose its leaves in winter (deciduous) but will always bounce back right after the last freeze.  Most folks look for the Mesquite to leaf out […]

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Best Indoor Low Maintenance Plants

Best Indoor Low Maintenance Plants

Here is a list of the best indoor low maintenance plants for those who are looking for easy-care plants for indoor decoration. Many non-gardening people want indoor plants and they want pretty, flowering, low water plants that are easy to maintain!  It’s not as hard as some people think.  Below are some good plants that […]

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The Arborvitae tree

The Arborvitae tree

The Golden Dwarf Arborvitae tree (Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’) The Arborvitae tree is a beautiful lime green conifer tree.  Pictured above is the Golden Dwarf Arborvitae a compact dwarf evergreen shrub. With a pointed globe that rarely needs pruning. It is a bright golden yellow foliage that develops into a rich bronze color in winter. Plant them in […]

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To prune or not to prune

To prune or not to prune This is the time of year (winter) the majority of pruning should be done. However, there are certain flowering trees and shrubs that should not be pruned at this time of year. The list includes wisteria, lilac, forsythia, viburnum, flowering quince, flowering almond, spirea, banks rose, redbud, and the purple […]

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How to Care for Chrysanthemums

How to Care for chrysanthemums aka Mums. Most folks call these colorful plants Mums.  They thrive and flower during the fall seasons.  Mums like the cool nights and warm days of the southwest this is when nurseries large and small will sell them. The garden mums are perennials and will come back the following year […]

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Texas Red Oak Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information (Quercus buckleyi). A good looking tree for the southwest and other parts of the west.  I love this tree for its hardiness and overall looks.  Many folks do not realize Red Oak trees will do well here particularly the Texas Red Oak.  It is native to south-central Texas but can […]

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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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Desert Evergreen Shrubs

Here is a list of Desert Evergreen Shrubs that do well in the Southwest.  Some of these plants are not native but will survive the hottest part of the mid-summer seasons providing they are given lots of water. Once established they do become tolerant of the mid-summer heat.  Moderate waterings are ok.  Use a good […]

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