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Plant a tree properly

How to plant a tree Plant a tree properly. It’s amazing how many folks do not know how to plant a tree the correct way.   Depending on the size trees can cost upwards of $300.00 or more. These tips are designed for those who are looking to do it yourself. Remember planting trees that are […]

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Hollywood Juniper Tree

Hollywood Juniper Tree

Hollywood Juniper Tree (Juniperus chinensis ‘Torulosa’).  Is a fast-growing Juniper up to 15-20 ft. in height and about 10-15 ft. wide.  A very hardy evergreen tree that will add interest to your landscape.  Plant 3-4 in a row for an interesting border wall.  The stems will twist and turn in all directions. Where to place […]

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Purple Heart Plant

The Purple Heart Plant (Setcreasea pale).  A great looking succulent that retains its leaves throughout the summer and fall seasons. It is a vigorous plant that spreads quickly and is considered a ground cover.  The stems are thick and contain mostly water. The Purple Heart Plant Thick purple leaves and stems with a bright small […]

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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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Santolina Plant

Santolina Plant

Santolina Plant (Santolina chamaecyparissus). There are several types of Santolina and the most common one is the Gray Cotton variety. Also called the cotton lavender plant. A nice small pale yellow button-like flower. It loves sandy alkaline soil perfect for the dry arid Southwest.  It is drought tolerant once it becomes established usually after the first […]

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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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Penstemon plants for landscape color

Penstemon plants for landscape color.  They will bloom from early spring until mid-fall with the majority of flowers showing up all spring long. They tolerate sandy soils which makes them perfect for the southwest. These plants are also called “Beardtongues“.  They are deciduous and the flowers can be used as a floral arrangement. Where to […]

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Difference between bird of paradise plants

Difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants

Recently many folks have been asking our staff and myself what the difference Between Bird of Paradise Plants are?  It gets a little confusing, especially for the novice gardener or landscaper. Red Bird of Paradise Yellow Bird of Paradise Mexican Bird of Paradise Bird of Paradise So…without further ado here are those differences. Red Bird […]

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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 Gazania Plant

Ah, I love the Gazania Plant, because these plants are great for a full hot sunny area but they can also 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, […]

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