Outdoor Plants

What are Annual Plants

What are Annual plants? These are plants that complete it’s life cycle in one year.  In the retail gardening industry these plants are intended for mass plantings and sold at their peak seasonal time. For instance, pansies are sold in early November and we stop selling them in March. Of course, it could be a longer […]

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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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Gardening tips in cold weather

Gardening tips in cold weather. Winters are short around the Southwest.  Many folks won’t shut off the A/C unit until mid-November. Winter can be a hard time for gardens and gardeners but here are a few winter gardening tips that will help your plants and your garden landscape survive the cold winter months. Here are my “Gardening […]

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What are Perennials

What are perennials?  They are the exact opposite of annuals.  They will come back year after year.  Many of these plants will go into a dormant stage during the winter months.  Most fruit and ornamental trees are perennials. However, fruit trees need at least 1,000 chilling hrs. in order for them to produce fruit. Most […]

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The Emu Bush

The Emu bush is in the Figwort family (Eremophila plant).  It is also called the Valentine bush.  It grows well in the arid desert southwest.  It can tolerate poor soil and does not require much water once established.  This is a good plant for Xeriscaping landscape or as a stand-alone plant. Place it full sun for […]

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Ways to Winterize Your Garden

Introduction Ways to Winterize Your Garden. When winter knocks the door, there are a lot of changes that do occur. Sometimes, the complete landscape is covered by frost, the presence of snow flurries, and blustering winds. But remember the landscape also includes the garden where you have planted. The effect of winter is that the […]

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Health Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Health Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

The health benefits of gardening for seniors.  For many seniors, gardening is the perfect post-retirement activity. It offers many benefits, both physical and mental, and there are plenty of programs available to enable this new hobby. In addition to health benefits, for people struggling to find new routine and rhythm to life after retirement gardening can […]

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Gardening Safety Tips for Seniors

We often hear of seniors being encouraged to take up gardening, but how safe is it as an activity for the older generation? There’s no doubt that there are numerous benefits of gardening for people of all ages. But for older people, gardening helps maintain muscle strength, reduce depression and encourages a more positive outlook on life. Yet, […]

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End of Year Chores

End of 2016 Garden Chores

End of year chores. Another year has gone by, they just seem to get shorter and shorter every year! It has been quite a warm winter as well. With that in mind, there are still plenty of chores to do around the yard. It is now time to rake those leaves that have taken their time […]

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Mexican Bird of Paradise

The Mexican Bird of Paradise Plant (Caesalpinia Mexicana).  Has a distinct yellow flower and is considered a large shrub.  Its actually pretty easy to make it grow as a small tree.  So it would be perfect for a patio area for a small backyard.  It is very drought tolerant and can tolerate freezing temperatures. It […]

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