Outdoor Plants

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To prune or not to prune

To prune or not to prune This is the time of year (winter) the majority of pruning should be done. However, there are certain flowering trees and shrubs that should not be pruned at this time of year. The list includes wisteria, lilac, forsythia, viburnum, flowering quince, flowering almond, spirea, banks rose, redbud, and the purple […]

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How to Care for Chrysanthemums

How to Care for chrysanthemums aka Mums. Most folks call these colorful plants Mums.  They thrive and flower during the fall seasons.  Mums like the cool nights and warm days of the southwest this is when nurseries large and small will sell them. The garden mums are perennials and will come back the following year […]

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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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Desert Evergreen Shrubs

Here is a list of Desert Evergreen Shrubs that do well in the Southwest.  Some of these plants are not native but will survive the hottest part of the mid-summer seasons providing they are given lots of water. Once established they do become tolerant of the mid-summer heat.  Moderate waterings are ok.  Use a good […]

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The Yaupon Holly Tree

The Yaupon Holly Tree (Ilex vomitoria) is an evergreen shrub.  Shinning small leaves that stay green year-round with twiggy branches that are sharp and pointed.  It grows to about 15 ft. tall and wide usually in about full maturity at about 8-10 years.  The Yaupon Holly Tree will produce small white flowers in late spring, […]

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Pyracantha Plant

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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Carolina Laurel Tree

Carolina Laurel Tree

The Carolina Laurel Tree in the Southwest( ‘Bright ‘N Tight’ Carolina Cherry Laurel )It does very well in the Southwest providing they are given lots of water during the first 3-4 years after initial planting. They are considered a water-loving tree around the Southwest and rightly so. They do like above moderate waterings once it is […]

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Types of landscape design

Types of landscape design information. Landscaping your area is a big chore to some, it requires time to measure, visit the local nursery store and then start looking for the right plants. Hiring a local professional landscaper is the right thing to do, however, here are some good tips that could save you both time […]

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The difference in palm trees

The difference between palm trees

The difference between palm trees.  Palm trees are in the Plantae Arecaceae family and will do great in warm and tropical areas of the U.S. They are drought tolerant once they become established.  But, the cold hardiness varies among the thousands of types of palms.  This post will basically describe the most common of Palm […]

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New Mexico Privet

New Mexico Privet

The New Mexico Privet (Forestiera Pubescens) is a good looking multi-trunk shrub and it can also be used as a small ornamental tree.  It is easy to grow in and around the Southwest area especially in New Mexico thus its name.  It is deciduous meaning it will lose its leave during the winter seasons. It […]

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