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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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Rose Bush Problems

IDENTIFYING COMMON ROSE PROBLEMS Be sure to follow all label instructions and local state regulation regarding insecticides. Rosebush problems solved no matter where you live. Aphids are insects and they love new growth on roses. Aphids are very small bugs about 1/8 inch long. They are green, red, black or brown in color. They usually attack […]

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Colorful petunia plants

Colorful petunia plants – Petunias are plants that have a wide range of color.  They are good in garden boxes, hanging baskets, decorative pots or just planted in the ground.  The colors and varieties are amazing. They are considered annuals and do not like freezing temperatures. Petunias come in Grandiflora, Multiflora, Milliflora, and the Wave […]

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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 after the last frost in your area. Depending on […]

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Choosing the Best Flowers for Your Window Boxes

Choosing the best flowers for your window boxes.  Window boxes can be a beautiful addition to any home. They work well inside or outside and can be very easy to maintain year-round. The key to creating attractive window boxes is flower selection. Choosing the best flowers for flower window boxes can be a fun exercise for […]

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Coleus plants in the Garden

Coleus Plants in Garden

Coleus Plants in Garden.  Coleus (Solenostemon spp.) is grown mainly for foliage color.  They provide great filler for pots during the growing season.  They come in numerous colors and are easy to propagate just snip off a leaf put it in good potting soil water and it will take.  These plants are tropical and their […]

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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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Types of Plants that Attract Butterflies

Types of Plants that Attract Butterflies.  Most outdoor plants will produce some kind of flower, however, some flowers are more attractive to butterflies than others. It’s best to know what the type of plants you want to use in your garden if you want to attract butterflies. But first, here is a list of plants […]

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Preparing garden for fall

Preparing garden for fall

Preparing 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, and grows some vegetable varieties quickly. […]

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Planting Violas

Planting Violas  (Violaceae family) in the southwest is a bit challenging.  These colorful plants love the fun during the spring seasons however once the hot summer heat arrives it’s best to place them in shade. Plant them in containers or in the flowering garden.  Plant them in masses for a great looking effect.  Use them […]

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