Perennials

Types of Ice Plants

Types of Ice plants – Spring Desert Color

Types of Ice Plants – Scientific name –  Delosperma. In the Southwest Ice plants thrive in heat and poor soil.  These plants are succulents and are drought tolerant making them a perfect choice for Xeriscape or rock gardens.  It is an excellent ground-cover for those looking to cover a large landscaping space. Where does Ice […]

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Turk’s Cap Plant

Turk’s Cap Plant (Malvaviscus arboreus) also called the wax plant, Texas mallow, and red mallow. This is one shrub that grows really fast and grows about 6-7 ft. tall and about 4-5 ft wide.  It is a hardy shrub that can tolerate the hot southwest sun or the cold 20-18° degree cold weather. If you are […]

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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 in […]

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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 late […]

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The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree (Calia secundiflora) also called the Mescal bean.  A great flowering small to a medium-sized evergreen tree. It will produce very fragrant purple hanging flowers in early spring, usually around late March to early April. They grow up to 15-maybe 20 ft. tall and about 15 ft. wide.  It loves full […]

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Yellow Bells Plant

Yellow Bells Plant

The Yellow Bells Scientific Name: Bignoniaceae. Also called Esperanza plant (Spanish – Hope) or the Yellow Tecoma Stans.  It does best in full sun but can tolerate some shade. Dark green leaves beautiful yellow Trumpet flowering blooms in spring into mid-summer. Fast-growing in the desert southwest. It can grow up to 5-6 ft. tall and 5 ft. […]

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Weeping Willow Landscape

The Weeping Willow Landscape tree – (Salix babylonica) A great tree for the Southwest.  Nice long flowing branches that weep towards the ground, however, it will grow about 50 ft. tall and 40 ft. wide.  It is one of the quickest growing trees in the Southwest area and it does like lots of water…it is […]

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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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Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas. Gardening full time is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  But there are still those who have a hard time gardening or don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy their landscape area. Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids […]

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How to care for geraniums

How to care for Geraniums

How to care for Geraniums.  Geraniums are great plants to use in the ground, pots, or hanging containers.  They do well in and around the Southwest, however, there are some things to consider before using them in your garden. Geraniums love the full sun during the spring and fall seasons but not the full hot […]

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