Xeriscaping

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The Palo Verde Tree

The Palo Verde tree (Cercidium-Parkinsonia) also known as the Desert Museum Palo Verde. It is an exceptional tree for the Southwest.  It is a Hybrid of the common Palo Verde tree that is native to the Sonoran and Southwest desert.  Flowering Palo Verde It produces a mass of beautiful small yellow flowers in late spring.  […]

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Desert Willow Tree

Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis) is a low watering spring blooming tree. It does well in the southwest.  The leaf is long narrow and curved thus its botanical name Linearis. The one pictured below is the most common.  There are several varieties that you can use for your desert landscaping needs.  A true native Desert willow […]

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Gaura Plant Care

Gaura Plant Care

Gaura plant care for southwest landscaping.  Gauras (lindheimeri) are great perennial spiky plants that seem to bloom forever from about late spring until early fall.  They are considered a herbaceous perennial and depending on the variety they will grow from 2 ft. and up to 4 ft. tall and wide. The most common one is […]

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Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas for the desert southwest.  I love Gardening and it is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor,  at least it is for me.  But there are those who have a hard time gardening or consider this hard work and don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy […]

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Baja fairy duster plant

What is the Baja fairy duster plant? It is a plant that is native to southwest California and the northern part of Mexico.  It goes by many names the chuparosa, tabardillo, zapotillo and its botanical name the Calliandra californica.  It will grow about 4 maybe 5 ft. tall and wide. There are not too many […]

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Yarrow Plant Pictures Landscape

Yarrow Plant Pictures Landscape (Achillea millefolium) you can use for landscaping.  These plants can be used in rock gardens or in any area that has full sun.  The common Yarrow goes by many names, bloodwort, devil’s nettle, staunch weed, and many others.  It will grow up to 2-3 ft. tall if conditions are just right. […]

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The Italian Cypress Tree

The Italian Cypress tree

The Italian Cypress tree (Cupressus sempervirens) care and information.  This tree is a conifer meaning evergreen foliage it will grow up to 80 ft. tall and about 3-4 ft. wide.  I’ve seen this tree in many landscaping scenes from new homes to state and city landscapes.  But oftentimes newly planted ones will die due to […]

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Salvia plant care

Salvia Plant Care

Salvia Plant Care.  Most folks call these plants Saliva’s but also referred to as Sage.  These plants are beautiful medium care types of plants that are drought tolerant after they become well established.  Herbaceous Salvias like Mexican and Chapparal sage will come back after the winter seasons. Annuals or Perennials? Other types of salvias are […]

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Texas Sage Bushes

Texas sage bushes are adapted to the southwest heat. All are drought tolerant and hardy for Xeriscape landscapes or rock gardens. Texas sage varieties are normally insect and disease-tolerant.  Actually, they are not really sage bushes at all the real name is Leucophyllum plants! Also, most folks call them sages, and that’s ok because that […]

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Golden Barrel Cactus Plants

The Golden Barrel Cactus Plants (Echinocactus grusonii) are drought tolerant and easy to grow desert plants.  If you have a desert landscape this is one plant that needs to be there.  Also called the mother in law cushion plant. The top of the cactus is covered with wool-like needles.  It will produce numerous yellow flowers […]

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