Shrubs

Oleander Plant Care

Oleander Plant Care

Oleander Plant Care (Nerium Oleander) in the Southwest USA.  Once established it is a carefree plant.  Most will bloom from late spring until mid-summer.  They produce long slender leaves that resemble the Rosewood or Olive plants. They are drought tolerant once they become well established usually after the third year or so.  Water occasionally during […]

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Red Bird of Paradise Plant

 (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) The red Bird of Paradise plant (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is also called the Mexican red bird of paradise and pride of Barbados. The flowers produce beautiful bright red/orange blooms and thrive in hot warm climates. The fern-like small-sized foliage resembles a Mesquite bush or a fern shrub.  It will make your landscape look tropical. […]

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Plants that bloom all summer

Plants that bloom all summer

Plants that bloom all summer long throughout the hot Summer months. In the Southwest it can get brutally hot it is not unusual to see temperatures soar into the double digits from June until late August.  Most plants stop growing and blooms are non-existent.  Except, for some, and here in this article is a list […]

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Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants

Abelia Plants (Abelia x grandiflora).  A great plant for the Southwest as they are evergreen and will flower throughout the summer months. They are moderate watering shrubs once they become established. The foliage will change colors as the seasons go by. In mid-winter, the leaves will turn a light burgundy color. The growth rate is […]

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Million Bells Plants

Million Bells Plants (Solanaceae family) Calibrachoa also called mini-petunias. These plants will do great in containers or in hanging baskets.  They are considered an annual plant this means they will not winter over.  They will bloom from spring and through late fall. Not so much during the mid-summer heat in the Southwest. Where to plant […]

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Insects and Diseases on plants

Insects and diseases on plants are a big problem for almost any part of the U.S. or in the world, and the Southwest U.S.region has its share of pests and diseases.  Many folks have no idea why a plant looks magnificent one day then almost withers away a few days later. It’s always best to […]

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Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia (P. fraseri) – As the name suggests the tips of this plant are red almost year-round.  It is a  good looking evergreen hedge plant that is dense and grows quickly.  Great for blocking the neighbor’s view or as a privacy windbreak plant.  If left alone they will grow up to 12 ft. […]

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Southwest front yard landscape

Southwest front yard landscaping

Southwest front yard landscaping ideas.  The look of your lawn and garden may be the first and possibly the most lasting impression people have of your home and property you can red-design or spruce it up without having to fork out the big bucks. Front yard landscaping ideas Landscaping plays an essential role in enhancing […]

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The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant (Ratibida columnifera).  Sometimes called the prairie coneflower.  An easy-to-care-for plant that does well throughout the southwest and the mid-west plains.  The flower is a deep red and yellow color resembling a “Mexican Hat” or Sombrero.  It is considered a herbaceous perennial. Where to place the Mexican Hat Plant? Plant it in […]

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Purple Verbena Plants

Purple Verbena Plants are beautiful cascading purple flowers great for Xeriscaping landscape.  This really nice-looking desert plant will do well in rock gardens or places where there is lots of hot sun.  There are numerous types of Verbena plants and the one pictured above is the trailing variety. How big do Purple Verbena Plants Grow? […]

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