Xeriscaping

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Red Bird of Paradise Plant

 (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) The red Bird of Paradise plant (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is also called the Mexican red bird of paradise and pride of Barbados. The flowers produce beautiful bright red/orange blooms and thrive in hot warm climates. The fern-like small-sized foliage resembles a Mesquite bush or a fern shrub.  It will make your landscape look tropical. […]

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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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Spanish Broom Plant

The Spanish Broom Plant (Spartium junceum) is a great semi-evergreen flowering shrub.  It can grow up to 8-10 ft. tall and about 5-7 ft. wide.  It comes from the southern Mediterranean region of Europe.   A fragrant flowering plant that smells like Vanilla-honey. Where to place this plant? The plant tolerates poor sandy soils perfect for […]

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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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Salvia Plant Care

Salvia Plant Care.  Most folks call these plants Saliva’s but also referred to as Sage.  These plants are beautiful low 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 of Perennials Other types of salvias are […]

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Purple Verbena Plants

Purple Verbena Plants are beautiful cascading purple flowers great for Xeriscaping landscape.  This really nice-looking desert plant will do well in rock gardens or places where there is lots of hot sun.  There are numerous types of Verbena plants and the one pictured above is the trailing variety. How big do Purple Verbena Plants Grow? […]

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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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Parry's Agave Plant

Parry’s Agave Plant

Parry’s Agave Plant also called mescal agave (Agave Parryi or Asparagaceae) is a  desert plant that resembles an artichoke and is in the Century plant family.  It’s an amazing plant that will shoot out a tall stalk that resembles asparagus plants it does this when it is fully mature.  The stalk is will grow up […]

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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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Small Desert Plants: Desert landscape ideas for backyards

Small Desert Plants for the southwest.  These small cactus plants are great for a small Xeriscape landscape design.  Most will require little water and will tolerate full hot sun…perfect for those small hot places that are bare. Desert plants are susceptible to mealybugs and other insects.  Owners tend to neglect them because they are low […]

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