Annuals

Annual Plants for the Southwest

Poinsettia Plant care

Poinsettia plant care

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 of the Holy Night in English. […]

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Salvia plant care

Salvia Plant Care

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 of salvias are basically planted as […]

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Ageratum Plant – Long lasting colorful plant

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 can also place it in your […]

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Wave petunias for color

Wave Petunias for Color: plants for summer color

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 can plant them in the ground […]

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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

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 the last frost in your area. […]

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Rose Bush Problems

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 problems with roses. Follow Label Instructions Be sure to follow all label instructions and local state regulation […]

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Million Bells Plants

Million Bells Plants (Solanaceae family) Calibrachoa also called mini-petunias. These plants will do great in containers or in hanging baskets.  They are considered an annual this means they will not winter over.  They will bloom from spring and through late fall. Not so much during the mid-summer heat in the Southwest. Where to plant Million […]

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Garden Design

How to increase flowering in plants

One question gardeners in and around the Southwest ask are “How to increase flowering in plants” during the hot summer season? It is a big task when the temperatures can reach 110° Fahrenheit in the lower elevations of the Southwest. The southwest soil is poor and lacks the nitrogen and other elements needed for plants to […]

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Vinca Plant Care

Vinca Plant Care.  Vinca Plants (Catharanthus roseus) Is a colorful plant that can tolerate heat.  Commonly known as Madagascar periwinkle. They come in bright red, white, pink and purple and they thrive in full sun providing you water them every other day or so.  Thick glossy leaves that repel insects. Do not get them confused with […]

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