Perennials

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Penstemon plants for landscape color

Penstemon plants for landscape color.  They will bloom from early spring until mid-fall with the majority of flowers showing up all spring long. They tolerate sandy soils which makes them perfect for the southwest. These plants are also called “Beardtongues“.  They are deciduous and the flowers can be used as a floral arrangement. Where to […]

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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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List of ground cover plants

List of ground cover plants.  Many ground cover plants are vines that have no support.  You can plant them in the ground with well-composted soil.  But in and around the southwest most will do better in shady conditions.  Underneath a tree or morning, sun and afternoon shade works best. Here is a list of ground cover […]

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Difference between bird of paradise plants

Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

Recently many folks have been asking our staff and myself what the difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants are? Red Bird of Paradise Yellow Bird of Paradise Mexican Bird of Paradise Bird of Paradise So…without further ado here are those differences. Red Bird of Paradise – Botanical name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima: The Red Bird of paradise […]

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Pyracantha Varieties

Pyracantha varieties. The pyracantha plant is it a vine or a shrub?  It’s actually both as you can train it into a large shrub or train it to grow along the side of a fence or wall.  It is a standalone vine or a vine that does not need support. It will generate a ton […]

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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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Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush – Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush.  They like full sun or partial shade and lots of water for the first 2 years or so and is a perennial in the southwest. These beautiful plants will grow in almost any soil and they provide a strong lilac fragrance. The blooms have long spike-like blooms that last 3-4 […]

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How to Grow Star Jasmine Vine

How to Grow Star Jasmine Vine (Trachelospermum jasminoides).  This vine will do well in the southwest providing you follow some of the recommendations outlined in this article. It is an exceptionally fast growing evergreen vine that will do well in partial shade.  It does not mind the hot southwest weather but it will do better […]

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Hyssop Flower

A Perennial for Southwestern landscapes. The Hyssop Flower (Agastache Cana) – This great little plant will grow to about 15″ tall and about 18″ wide.  It is a prolific bloomer from about late summer to late fall in and around the southwest.  This variety is a showy lavender rose-colored flower.  It is an easy plant […]

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Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the Southwest

Roses for the southwest.  How do you care for them? It is a bit tricky especially in the Southwest where temperatures can get as high as 115 or more during the mid-summer seasons. But the good news it is not as hard as some people may believe. The good news is that roses will do well […]

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