Perennials

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Mexican Petunia Plant

The Mexican Petunia Plant (Ruellia brittoniana) sometimes called British Ruellia.  It is a fast-growing easy-care perennial for southwest landscaping.  It comes back year after year without any problem.  Propagating is a breeze just snip off a stem place in water and soil and it will grow! A showy purple flower that blooms for only 2-3 days […]

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Yellow Bells Plant

Yellow Bells Plant

The Yellow Bells Scientific Name: Bignoniaceae (above) 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 […]

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Easy Colorful Container Garden Ideas

Easy Colorful Container Garden Ideas.  Plants in a container are a little harder to maintain and there are several reasons why this is so.  However, there are advantages to having them in pots. The problem with plants in Containers  Your container will retain heat especially during mid-summer, therefore, you will need to water more often.  […]

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Care of Money Tree Plant

The Money Tree plant (Bombacaceae) Also called the Pachira aquatica.  The care of the money tree plant.  This plant is more of a bonsai type houseplant. It will eventually grow at about 10ft. tall and the trunk is usually braided given it that natural bonsai look. Where and how did this plant get its common […]

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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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Difference between bird of paradise plants

Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

Recently many folks have been asking our staff and myself what the difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants are?  It gets a little confusing, especially for the novice gardener or landscaper. Red Bird of Paradise Yellow Bird of Paradise Mexican Bird of Paradise Bird of Paradise So…without further ado here are those differences. Red Bird […]

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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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Plants that are attracted to bees

Plants that attract bees

Plants that attract bees.  Most folks know honey bees are on the endangered species list but are they? They are not on the endangered list.   The yellow-face bee that is native to Hawaii is on the list but the Common honey bee is not. This is what snopes.com has to say about the Yellow-Face Bee. […]

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How to grow Russian sage

How to grow Russian sage

How to grow Russian sage. The Russian sage bush or plant – (Peroviskia artiplicifolia) Russian Sage Plant How to grow Russian sage Many new gardeners mistake this plant for a Lavender or a Texas sage but it is a sage and its origin comes from Russia.  The plant thrives in and around the Southwest and […]

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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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