Annual Plants for the Southwest


Snapdragon Plant Care

Last Updated on February 23, 2020 Snapdragon Plant care.  These plants are also called Antirrhinum, dragon flower or the Spanish name “boca de dragón”.  They will bloom throughout the spring seasons and into early summer.  Once it gets hot they start to fizzle out in the hot southwest summer heat.  But to make them bloom […]

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Garden stock plants

Garden stock plants

Last Updated on March 4, 2020 Garden stock plants are also known as Matthiola incana plants.  Commonly called Stock Plants, hoary Stock or just Stock.  These colorful plants are grown as annuals in the Southwest and other parts of the country.  They are grown and used in flowering bed gardens and planted for their pleasant […]

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Plants that are attracted to bees

Plants that attract bees

Last Updated on May 23, 2020 Plants that attract bees.  Most folks know honey bees are on the endangered species list but are they? They are not on the endangered list.   The yellow-face bee that is native to Hawaii is on the list but the Common honey bee is not. This is what has […]

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Poinsettia Plant care

Poinsettia plant care

Last Updated on November 29, 2019 Poinsettia plant care.  Poinsettias are in the Euphorbiaceae family and are used in pots and shown during the holidays 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 […]

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Salvia plant care

Salvia Plant Care

Last Updated on December 8, 2019 Salvia Plant Care.  Most folks call these plants saliva’s but also referred to as sage.  These plants are beautiful low care types of plants that are tolerant drought after they become well established.  Herbaceous Salvias like Mexican and Chapparal sage will come back after the winter seasons. Other types […]

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Ageratum Plant – Long lasting colorful plant

Last Updated on October 24, 2019 Ageratum Plant – Also known as whiteweed and floss flower.  It is a big family of plants that have over 60 species.  They are considered an annual in regions where there are consistent freezes.  It is a good plant to use in containers surrounded by other taller plants. You […]

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Wave petunias for color

Wave Petunias for Color: plants for summer color

Last Updated on February 28, 2020 Wave Petunias for Color.  One of the best types of petunias that will thrive and bloom from mid-spring until late fall in the desert Southwest are the wave Petunias. What makes these Petunias so special? Well, for one they will spread quickly and bloom throughout the summer months.  You […]

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Soil amendments for gardening

Soil amendments for gardening – Does gardening require soil amendments? Yes, it does.  The soil in the southwest is poor.  We recommend Back To Earth Compost for planting trees, shrubs, and other larger outdoor plants.  We recommend using it at about half and half ratio.  Half native soil and the other Back to Earth compost. […]

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Red plumed cockscomb flower or Celosia argentea blossom

Celosia Plant Care

Last Updated on October 13, 2019 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 them after […]

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Rose Bush Problems

Last Updated on May 3, 2020 IDENTIFYING COMMON ROSE PROBLEMS Rose Bush Problems.  Roses are beautiful spring-blooming plants and they come in many colors and varieties.  And hundreds of hybrids are being made on a yearly basis.  Here are a few common-sense solutions to problems with roses. Follow Label Instructions Be sure to follow all […]

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