The Golden Rain Tree

The Golden Rain Tree.  (Koelreuteria paniculata) A good looking small to medium-sized shade/ornamental tree.  It will grow about 30-40 tall and wide. It is considered an invasive tree species in places where there is lots of rain and moisture.  It produces lots of seed pods that are spread out during the fall season thus it’s […]

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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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Lavender Plants in The Garden

Lavender Plants in The Garden.  These plants can be used as hedges or stand-alone plants.  There are many types of Lavender that can be used in the garden.  Lavenders will give off a strong aromatic scent Below are some of the most common Lavenders.  In places where the temperatures reach over 110° Fahrenheit during the […]

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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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Firecracker plant

The Firecracker Plant – Care and planting

The Firecracker plant is a tender perennial around the southwest (Russelia equisetiformis). This is a great looking Semi-evergreen plant that is easy to care for.  The Firecracker plant will bloom from mid-spring and into the late fall seasons.  Deadheading spent flowers will help with continuous blooms.   Attractive showy bright orange or white tubular type flowers […]

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This a versatile plant that will produce dark red bottle brush-like blooms during the spring and into early summer.  It is a drought-tolerant

The Bottlebrush Plant – Great Colorful Spring Brush

Bottle Brush Plant (Callistemon spp.) This a versatile plant that will produce dark red bottle brush-like blooms during the spring and into early summer.  It is a drought-tolerant plant once it becomes established usually after its third season in the ground.  In colder regions, it will lose its foliage but will bounce back nicely once […]

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Type of succulent pictures

Types of Succulent Pictures

Types of Succulent Pictures.  We have a ton of succulent images for those who want to know the names of the most common succulent plants. Succulents are a big family and what we have here are what most people purchase at local nurseries and greenhouse retail stores. These plants retain water making them water tolerant.  […]

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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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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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