Tree Landscaping

Redbud trees

The Redbud Trees

The Redbud Trees are small to medium-sized deciduous (leaves will drop winter) trees that bloom in early spring.  The majority of them grow about 15-30 ft. tall which makes them a great candidate for a small backyard or patio.  They produce small finger-like deep dark lavender blooms that will eventually turn into a heart-shaped leaf. […]

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Garden Design

How to increase flowering in plants

One question I get all the time is… ” How to increase flowering in plants ?” Especially during the hot summer season when flowering plants rarely bloom. It is a big problem when the temperatures can reach 110° Fahrenheit in the lower elevations of the Southwest. However, here are some gardening tips that will help […]

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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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Early Blooming Trees and Plants

Early Blooming Trees and Plants Flowering Pear trees bloom in early spring Pyrus Calleryana ‘Bradford’ or Bradford Pear. The Aristocrat pear is very similar. Both have gorgeous white blooms that last about 2-4 weeks.  The Tree will grow to about 40-50 ft. tall and wide.  Nice thick dark green foliage spring through summer seasons. The foliage […]

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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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The Mesquite Tree

The Mesquite Tree

The Mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) or is it a large bush?  In its natural habitat, it is a desert bush that needs little water and tolerates poor soils.  It will lose its leaves in winter (deciduous) but will always bounce back right after the last freeze.  Most folks look for the Mesquite to leaf out […]

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The Arborvitae tree

The Arborvitae tree

The Golden Dwarf Arborvitae tree (Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’) The Arborvitae tree is a beautiful lime green conifer tree.  Pictured above is the Golden Dwarf Arborvitae a compact dwarf evergreen shrub. With a pointed globe that rarely needs pruning. It is a bright golden yellow foliage that develops into a rich bronze color in winter. Plant them in […]

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Choose the Right Plants For Your Climate Zone

Choose the Right Plants For Your Climate Zone

How to Choose the Right Plants For Your Climate Zone Global warming has taken its toll on our climate, giving us shorter winters and longer, hotter summers. While the warmer weather can sound like a dream fulfilled for some, the effects of global climate change are not all pleasant and they could have adverse effects […]

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Easy spring gardening tips

Here are some gardening tips for spring.  Do not pull out your lantana or red bird of paradise plants!  If you planted them last year or the year before they are still new and will not spring out until it gets much hotter.  Typically when the weather gets consistently above 50 degrees during the wee […]

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Chinese Pistache Tree

Chinese Pistache Trees – Southwest Landscape

Chinese Pistache Trees for landscaping (Pistacia chinensis). The Chinese Pistache tree (non-bearing) is Probably one of the hardiest trees to plant in and around the Southwest. It is small to a medium-sized ornamental tree and of course, it is native to China.   A very drought tolerant hardy tree for regions where rainwater is low but […]

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