Outdoor Plants

Small Desert Plants: Desert landscape ideas for backyards

Small Desert Plants for the southwest.  These small cactus plants are great for a small Xeriscape landscape design.  Most will require little water and will tolerate full hot sun…perfect for those small hot places that are bare. Desert plants are susceptible to mealybugs and other insects.  Owners tend to neglect them because they are low […]

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Garden Design

How to increase flowering in plants

One question gardeners in and around the Southwest ask are ” How to increase flowering in plants ?” during the hot summer season? It is a big problem when the temperatures can reach 110° Fahrenheit in the lower elevations of the Southwest. How to increase flowering in plants The Southwest soil is poor and lacks […]

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The Italian Cypress Tree

The Italian Cypress tree

The Italian Cypress tree (Cupressus sempervirens) care and information.  This tree is a conifer meaning evergreen foliage it will grow up to 80 ft. tall and about 3-4 ft. wide.  I’ve seen this tree in many landscaping scenes from homes to state and city landscapes.  But oftentimes newly planted ones will die due to improper […]

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Parry's Agave Plant

Parry’s Agave Plant

Parry’s Agave Plant also called mescal agave (Agave Parryi or Asparagaceae) is a  desert plant that resembles an artichoke and is in the Century plant family.  It’s an amazing plant that will shoot out a tall stalk that resembles asparagus plants it does this when it is fully mature.  The stalk is will grow up […]

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How to choose the right plants for your garden

  How to choose the right plants for your garden.  Before you go to the garden center or nursery it is best to take notes on your current landscape. Grab a pen and pad, go outside and start taking notes on what you will need. It is easy to get caught up with all the […]

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Landscaping with Canna lilies

Landscaping with Canna lilies

Landscaping with Canna lilies (Cannaceae). If you are looking for a tropical look in your garden then cannas are the plants to have they thrive in the summer heat and will produce flowers over and over again. We also have Canna lily images on this post. The flowers are large and bright and the foliage […]

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How to landscape in the Southwest

How to landscape in the Southwest. Landscaping in the southwest requires you to start thinking along the lines of harmony. The fundamental way to your landscaping design success is consistency and it will need to be applied to your entire yard and all-around your home. It does not matter if you are from the Southwest […]

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Texas Red Oak Information

Fall Colors in the Southwest

Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner. I know it doesn’t seem like it with the high temps and humidity, but it is on the way. One may envision single leaves zig-zagging down in various shades of yellows, oranges, reds, and all other hues in between. Of course, we may be thinking […]

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Lily turf plants for landscape

Lily turf plants (Liriope muscari) also called Liriope, monkey grass, border grass, and lilyturf.  They are considered an evergreen perennial grass used for borders in and around lawns and other types of landscape. They will eventually grow to about 2 ft. wide and 1.5 ft. tall producing a spikey purple like bloom during mid-summer until […]

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Rose Bush Problems

IDENTIFYING COMMON ROSE PROBLEMS Rose Bush Problems.  Roses are beautiful spring-blooming plants and they come in many colors and varieties.  And hundreds of hybrids are being made on a yearly basis.  Here are a few common-sense solutions to problems with roses. Follow Label Instructions Be sure to follow all label instructions and local state regulations […]

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