Xeriscaping

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas. Gardening full time is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  But there are still those who have a hard time gardening or don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy their landscape area. Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids […]

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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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Pond in landscape design.

Types of landscape design

Types of landscape design information. Landscaping your area is a big chore to some, it requires time to measure, visit the local nursery store and then start looking for the right plants. Hiring a local professional landscaper is the right thing to do, however, here are some good tips that could save you both time […]

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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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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 homes to state and city landscapes.  But oftentimes newly planted ones will die due to improper […]

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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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Green Cloud Sage

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 […]

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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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The Gazania Plant

The Gazania Plant, these plants are great for a full hot sunny area but they can tolerate shady conditions.  They are moderate watering plants and are considered annuals/perennials in the Southwest.  They do great in rock gardens or the Xeriscape landscape.  Plant them with other low water plants like Verbena, Lantana, and Salvias. Very easy […]

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