Xeriscaping

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 Ocotillo Plant

The Ocotillo Plant

The Ocotillo Plant (Fouquieria splendens). It is an early spring blooming desert flowering plant.  Its long spiny limbs or stems will twist and turn out towards the sky.  It will look great in all desert landscapes and can tolerate poor sandy soil.  It is a plant that is indigenous to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. They produce […]

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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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Firecracker plant

The Firecracker Plant – Care and planting

The Firecracker plant is a tender perennial around the southwest (Russelia equisetiformis). This is a great looking Semi-evergreen plant that is easy to care for.  The Firecracker plant will bloom from mid-spring and into the late fall seasons.  Deadheading spent flowers will help with continuous blooms.   Attractive showy bright orange or white tubular type flowers […]

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Types of Succulent Pictures

Types of Succulent Pictures.  We have a ton of succulent images for those who want to know the names of the most common succulent plants. Succulents are a big family and what we have here are what most people purchase at local nurseries and greenhouse retail stores. These plants retain water making them water tolerant.  […]

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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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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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Desert Plants

Desert Plants Names and Pictures

Desert Plants Names and Pictures If you are looking for a maintenance-free low watering landscape, you want to buy these.  They all need full sun and can tolerate partial shade but they need at least 6 hours of full sun.   Do desert plants need a water drip system installed? No they don’t most landscapers […]

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Chilean Mesquite Tree

Chilean Mesquite Tree

The Chilean Mesquite also called a thornless Mesquite tree (Prosopis chilensis) does very well in the southwestern United States. It will grow to about 40’ft. tall and 40ft wide. It is a thornless mesquite tree and provides lots of good shade during the hot summer months.  A very majestic looking tree for home landscaping. It […]

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Easy care southwest landscaping plants

Who says we can’t have “Colorful shrubs and plants in the Southwest”?  Here is a list of  “Easy care southwest landscaping plants”. The Beautiful Cholla Cactus (Opuntia genus) – You basically plant this cactus and forget about it.  It blooms in mid-spring lasting till early summer.   They come in bright pink shown below and […]

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