Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the southwest.  How do you care for them? It is a bit tricky especially in the Southwest where temperatures can get as high as 115 or more during the mid-summer seasons. But the good news it is not as hard as some people may believe. The good news is that roses will do well […]

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Desert Willow Tree

Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis) is a low watering spring blooming tree. It does well in the southwest. There are several varieties that you can use for your Desert landscaping needs. These trees are prevalent along the arroyos and ditch banks of the desert southwest.  They propagate when seed pods dry and fall to the ground. […]

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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. They are normally insect and disease tolerant.  They are not really sage bushes at all the real name is Leucophyllums! Also, most folks call them sages, and that’s ok because that is what the […]

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Gardening tips in cold weather

Gardening tips in cold weather. Winters are short around the Southwest.  Many folks won’t shut off the A/C unit until mid-November. Winter can be a hard time for gardens and gardeners but here are a few winter gardening tips that will help your plants and your garden landscape survive the cold winter months. Here are my “Gardening […]

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The Wax Leaf Privet

The Wax Leaf Privet will do great in the Southwest.  It is a perennial and will stay green year round.  Grows to about 8-10 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide.  Nice shiny waxy foliage with a small creamy white flower in spring. If you are looking for a tall hedge this is the one to […]

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Euonymus Plants

Euonymus Plants

Euonymus Plants are great fast-growing evergreen shrubs that do well almost anywhere.  In the Southwest, they will thrive providing you nourish and water often.  They are not drought tolerant plants but can withstand the harsh mid-summer heat. Where to place them You can use them as stand-alone plants or in a container as shown below.  They are […]

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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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Plumbago Plants

Plumbago Plants (In Your Garden)

Plumbago Plants for your garden.  Below is the Royal Cape Plumbago (Plumbagoo auriculatla ‘Monott’) In the Southwest this plant will bloom from early spring all the way to mid-fall.  A very hardy plant with a bright showy blue flower.  This is a perfect plant that can be used for contrasting color to other plants that give out […]

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Grasses for the Southwest

Variegated Sweet Flag Grass

Variegated Sweet Flag Grass is good for the southwest.  It does well and is considered an evergreen grass in warmer regions such as the lower elevations of the Southwest.  Rich yellow and green long leaves that sway back and forth when the days are windy.  The foliage is Variegated this means it has more than […]

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The Gazania Plant

The Gazania Plant, these plants are great for a full hot sunny area.  They are moderate watering plants and are considered annuals/perennials in the Southwest.  They do great in rock gardens or Xeriscape landscape.  Plant them with other low water plants like Verbena, Lantana, and Salvias. Very easy to grow in plant form or start them […]

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