Outdoor Plants

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Landscaping with Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtles plants love full sun and rich loamy soil, they like humidity and can tolerate the southwestern heat. Providing they get plenty of water when first planted. They do like circulation so be sure to plant them away from other heavy foliage trees or plants. Newly planted Crape Myrtles need lots of water, preferably twice […]

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Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas. Gardening full time is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  But there are still those who have a hard time gardening or don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy their landscape area. Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids […]

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Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia (P. fraseri) – A good evergreen hedge plant.  Great for blocking the neighbor’s view or as a privacy windbreak wall.  If left alone they will grow up to 12 ft. tall and about 8 ft. wide. Red Tip Photinias are good shrubs for landscaping.  They will produce a large pale white flower during […]

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Santolina Plant

Santolina Plant

Santolina Plant (Santolina chamaecyparissus). There are several types of Santolina and the most common one is the Gray Cotton variety. Also called the cotton lavender plant. A nice small pale yellow button-like flower. It loves sandy alkaline soil perfect for the dry arid Southwest.  It is drought tolerant once it becomes established usually after the first […]

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What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?  Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box or package of fertilizer suppose to mean?  How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees? These numbers analyze the amount of Nitrogen, Potash, and Phosphate (NPK). These nutrients […]

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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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Spanish Broom Plant

The Spanish Broom Plant (Spartium junceum) is a great semi-evergreen flowering shrub.  It can grow up to 8-10 ft. tall and about 5-7 ft. wide.  This native plant tolerates poor sandy soils perfect for the desert southwest.  A drought tolerant plant that can be used in a rock garden landscape with smaller perennial or annual plants […]

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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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The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree (Calia secundiflora).  A great flowering small to a medium-sized evergreen tree. It will produce very fragrant purple hanging flowers in early spring and usually around late March to early April.  They grow up to 15-maybe 20 ft. tall and about 15 ft. wide.  It loves full sun and thrives in and […]

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The Carolina Jessamine Vine

The Carolina Jessamine Vine. Is a showy spectacular display of fragrant, bright yellow flowers.  A well-mannered vine that climbs beautifully on a trellis, arbor or over fences and walls without smothering surrounding trees and shrubs. It can creep and spread across slopes, banks, and cleared areas.  The Carolina Jessamine vine is an informal, mounding ground cover […]

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