Annuals

Annual Plants for the Southwest

Sweet Potato Vine Plants

Sweet Potato Vine Plants

How to care for The Sweet Potato Vine. Where to place it and how it does in hot/cold weather.

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How to pick healthy plants

How to pick healthy plants

The best way to tell if you are picking a healthy plant is by observing the plant.  Here, you can truly judge a book by its cover. If a plant has been treated correctly and has no diseases or pests, you can always tell by how nice it looks.

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Dusty Miller Plant

Dusty Miller Plant Care: Silver Ragwort

The Dusty Miller Plant Care (Jacobaea Maritima).  Also called the Silver Ragwort plant.  The first time I saw this plant I thought it was a type of unwanted weed.  But once I saw it grow larger and blend in with the other garden plants I quickly learned to love them.  They are drought-tolerant and don’t […]

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Planting Violas

Planting Violas (Violaceae family) in the southwest is a bit challenging.  These colorful plants love the sun during the spring seasons and fall. However, once the scorching summer heat arrives it’s best to place them in shade.  But if you plant them in your garden beds it is important to remove weeds and other debris. […]

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Preparing garden for fall

Preparing garden for fall

Preparing your garden for fall Preparing the garden for fall. Ahhh, fall! With the changing colors, the bright, sunny days, and the cool, crisp nights, autumn is the perfect time to work in the garden. After a hot summer, the still-warm soil protects the root systems of new plantings, helps divided perennials survive the cut, […]

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Snapdragon Plant care

Snapdragon Plant Care

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 longer and look better, try to […]

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Garden stock plants

Garden stock plants

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 sweet smell and their wonderous flowering […]

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Plants that are attracted to bees

Plants that attract bees

Apiphobia is the fear of bees, and many folks have this phobia. They run as soon as they see a bee in the vicinity and rightly so, but many will start to look for insecticide spray or fly swatter to kill it.   The main reason a bee will sting is that it has been disturbed. 

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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 tropical forests.  In Mexico, it is called the “Nochebuena flor” or Flower of the Holy Night in […]

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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 medium care types of plants that are drought tolerant after they become well established.  Herbaceous Salvias like Mexican and Chapparal sage will come back after the winter seasons. Annuals or Perennials? Other types of salvia are […]

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