Xeriscaping

The Road Kill cactus

The Road Kill Cactus

The Road Kill Cactus. (Consolea Rubescens).  Flat paddle cactus that resembles something that was flattened by an 18-wheeler on a lonely desert road. But it is a cool-looking cactus that will look good in your indoor cactus collection.  Unlike most desert cacti this one likes more water than others.  It also likes humidity especially if […]

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Care of Purple Fountain Grass

Care of Purple Fountain Grass

The care of Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) will do well in and around the American Southwest.  It does well in USDA zones 8 – 10 and needs to be cut down each year in cooler climates.  It produces nice spiky arching plumes and purple/bronze colored thin leaf blades thus its common name. Perennial […]

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Watering Plants During Drought

Watering your plants during drought season.  Around the Southwest, the drought season is every year starting in late spring and lasting until mid-fall. The lakes are low and water rights are always going through legal maneuvering.  A few clouds around the horizon but they rarely amount to anything. It is tuff to conserve water when […]

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Red Yucca Plants

Red Yucca Plants

How to Take Care of Red Yucca in Pots: Simple Tips for the Home Gardener In this article, we will talk about how to take care of red yucca. A little-known plant called red yucca can turn a backyard into an oasis. Red yucca is a succulent perennial that grows in dry climates and thrives […]

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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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Red Yarrow Pictures Landscape

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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