Shrubs

The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant (Ratibida columnifera).  Sometimes called the prairie coneflower.  An easy to care for plant that does well throughout the southwest and the mid-west plains.  The flower is a deep red and yellow color resembling a “Mexican Hat” or Sombrero.  It is considered a herbaceous perennial. Where to place the Mexican Hat Plant? Plant […]

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The Mexican Heather Plant

The Mexican Heather Plant – Cuphea hyssopifolia.  Also called false heather.  A small plant that will bloom in mid-summer until fall.  Produces small but profuse flowers even in the Southwest heat. Where to plant it? Place in a nice container or plant them in the front of other taller evergreen shrubs.  Plant several in a […]

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Million Bells Plants

Million Bells Plants – Calibrachoa and 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 Bells Plant. […]

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The Hardy Hibiscus Plant

The Hardy Hibiscus Plant (Hibiscus moscheutos) Also called Rose Mallow and Swamp mallow. The hummingbirds love this plant! It loves to be in water but once established it will become drought tolerant. It starts to bloom around summer and continue to bloom until October.  A fast-growing plant that is perfectly suited for the southwestern heat. How Tall and […]

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How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw.  Are you thinking about purchasing a new right Stihl chainsaw but aren’t quite sure which one to choose? Let me give you a few tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction chainsaws are a versatile and time-saving tool. They’re very powerful it’s important that […]

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Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants (Abelia x grandiflora).  A great plant for the Southwest as they are evergreen and will flower throughout the summer months. They are moderate watering shrubs once they become established. They will change colors as the seasons go by. The growth rate about 3-4″ per year but compact in shape and can be used as […]

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Difference between bird of paradise plants

Red Bird of Paradise Plant

 (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) Red Bird of Paradise plant is also called the Mexican red bird of paradise and pride of Barbados. The flowers have a beautiful bright red/orange bloom and thrive in hot warm climates. The fern-like small sized foliage resembles a Mesquite bush or a fern shrub. In tropical, zones it will last throughout the year-long season. […]

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Best practices for watering your garden

This article is by – Matthew James If you want your garden to thrive and grow strong and healthy plants, it is important to know all the important tips and tricks. One of the most important aspects of gardening is, of course, the watering apart. Find out about the best practices for watering your garden, and […]

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plants that repel mosquitoes

List of plants that repel mosquitoes

List of plants that repel mosquitoes. During the monsoon season in the Southwest, mosquitoes are a BIG problem.  They appear almost everywhere at social gatherings, work, home and inside buildings. Do these plants really repel mosquitoes?  Some people swear by these plants others say it has no effect.  I have not done a scientific study […]

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Plant Root Stimulator

Plant Root Stimulator

What is “plant root stimulator”?  Is it a vitamin for plants? Or is it just a type of fertilizer?  So how does it work? Do I really need to use it? Good questions? It works by stimulating the existing roots into generating more roots.  It is basically used when planting new trees, shrubs, plants or […]

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