Xeriscaping

The Pindo Palm Tree

The Pindo Palm Tree

The Pindo Palm Tree (Butia capitata).  Is a great Palm tree for the Southwest especially in places where temps get below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  It will grow to about 20 ft. tall or so.  Much shorter than other palms like the Mediterranean, Mexican, and California palm trees. How Cold Hardy is this Palm Tree? Their cold […]

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Mexican Primrose

The Mexican Primrose also called Texas Primrose, Evening Primrose and it’s botanical name Oenothera Berlandieri.  It can grow in poor soil but will do better with composted loamy soil.  It is considered a low water plant but can also take lots of water.  Tolerates full sun but will bloom longer if placed in morning sun […]

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The Emu Bush

The Emu bush is in the Figwort family (Eremophila plant).  It is also called the Valentine bush.  It grows well in the arid desert southwest.  It can tolerate poor soil and does not require much water once established.  This is a good plant for Xeriscaping landscape or as a stand-alone plant. Place it full sun for […]

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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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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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How to grow Russian sage

How to grow Russian sage

How to grow Russian sage. The Russian sage bush or plant – (Peroviskia artiplicifolia) Russian Sage Plant How to grow Russian sage Many new gardeners mistake this plant for a Lavender or a Texas sage but it is a sage and its origin comes from Russia.  The plant thrives in and around the Southwest and […]

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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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Witchita Blue Juniper

Wichita Blue Juniper

The Wichita Blue Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum). An evergreen conifer that does very well around the Southwest.  It is drought tolerant and requires very little maintenance.  It does not produce berries or cones this means very little maintenance or pruning. It grows to about 15. ft tall sometimes up to 30 ft. within time and 8 […]

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Water Smart Plants

  Water Conservation with the right plants. Water Smart Plants. Living in the southwest does require special needs when it comes to finding the right plants for your garden. I love planting stuff almost year-round, outdoors, indoors, vegetables, flowers, annuals, and perennials.  But in, mid-summer I struggle to keep my plants looking their best. Yes, […]

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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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