Perennials

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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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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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 on Insecticides Be sure to follow all label instructions and local […]

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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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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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Landscaping with Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtles plants love full sun and rich loamy soil, they like humidity and can tolerate the southwestern heat. Providing they get plenty of water when first planted. They do like circulation so be sure to plant them away from other heavy foliage trees or plants. Newly planted Crape Myrtles need lots of water, preferably twice […]

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Soil amendments for gardening

Soil amendments for gardening – Does gardening require soil amendments? Yes, it does.  The soil in the southwest is poor.  We recommend Back To Earth Compost for planting trees, shrubs, and other larger outdoor type plants.  We recommend using it at about a half and half ratio. Half native soil and the other Back to […]

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The Vitex Tree

The Vitex Tree

The Vitex tree botanical name: Agnus-castus. It likes full Sun – USDA Zones 6-10. Also called the Chaste tree, Chasteberry, and Lilac Chaste Berry. The growth rate is about 15-20ft. tall and wide sometimes taller after 30 years. A low water tree once established. Beautiful spiky dark lilac blooms in late spring and early summer. There […]

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Types of Plants that Attract Butterflies

Types of Plants that Attract Butterflies.  Most outdoor plants will produce some kind of flower, however, some flowers are more attractive to butterflies than others.  Butterflies are attracted to plants that produce a sweet smell and bright colors.  It’s best to know the type of plants you want to use in your garden if you […]

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Spring Color Geraniums

Great Flowering Color for Spring

Great Flowering Color for Spring.  These flowering plants will bloom throughout the spring seasons.  Some may last all the way to late summer.  Click on the photo for a larger photo. There are many more plants that will provide color throughout the spring seasons.  Here are a few that will help you decide what to […]

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