Perennials

Successful Container Gardening

Successful Container Gardening

Successful Container Gardening.  How to maintain and create beautiful, wonderful hanging baskets or container plants at any time of the year. The first thing you’ll need is good loamy potting soil.  One of the best is the Fertilome potting mix as it contains a wetting agent, perlite,  and sphagnum peat moss.  It can be used […]

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Care of Money Tree Plant

The Money Tree plant (Bombacaceae) Also called the Pachira aquatica.  The care of money tree plant.  This plant is more of a bonsai type houseplant. It will grow about 10ft. tall and the trunk is usually braided given it that natural bonsai look. Where and how did this plant get its common name? It comes from […]

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Shumard Red Oak information

Shumard Red Oak information

Shumard Red Oak information (Quercus shumardii).  Most Oak trees are slow to moderate growing the Shumard Red Oak is one of the faster-growing oak trees.  Turns a brilliant red-orange during the fall seasons it will drop its leaves once the winter season arrives. Where to place the Shumard Red Oak? A good tree for the southwest […]

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Texas Red Oak Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information (Quercus buckleyi). A good looking tree for the southwest and other parts of the west.  I love this for its hardiness and overall looks.  Many folks do not realize Red Oak trees will do well here particularly the Texas Red Oak.  It is native to south-central Texas but can be […]

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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. How to grow beautiful roses. 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 […]

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Turks cap plant

Turk’s Cap Plant

Turk’s Cap Plant (Malvaviscus arboreus) also called the wax plant, Texas mallow, and red mallow. This is one shrub that grows really fast and grows about 6-7 ft. tall and about 4-5 ft wide.  It is a hardy shrub that can tolerate the hot southwest sun or the cold 20-18° degree cold weather. If you are […]

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Trees for the Southwest

The Live Oak Tree

The Live Oak Tree – Botanical name: quercus virginian. The live oak tree is a good shade and ornamental tree. It will eventually grow to about ft 70ft. high and about 100 ft wide at aboput 30-40 years of age. This tree is an evergreen in the southwest. However, it does like to shed its leaves […]

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Viburnum Tinus Shrub

Viburnum Tinus Shrub

Viburnum Tinus Shrub or Viburnum tinus ‘Compactum’is a handsome evergreen plant that does well in the Southwest.  Most Viburnums cannot tolerate the hot summer southwest heat.  But this one will! Also called the “Spring Bouquet Plant”.   A good looking evergreen shrub with dark green foliage and fragrant,  light pinkish white spring flowers right around early […]

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Best Air Purifier Plants

Best Air Purifier Plants. Indoor pollution is a big problem in the U.S. there are environmental hazards everywhere from hydrocarbons to polyurethane.  These chemicals are found in homes, offices, automobiles and in the earth’s atmosphere!  There are also glues, paints, varnishes and many more harmful toxins; too many for me to list here. Plants to help […]

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Purple Heart Plant

The Purple Heart Plant (Setcreasea pale).  A great looking succulent that retains its leaves throughout the summer and fall seasons. It is a vigorous plant that spreads quickly and is considered a ground cover.  The stems are thick and contain mostly water. The Purple Heart Plant Thick purple leaves and stems with a bright small […]

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