• Sit and Smell The Roses – Seating is Important

    Seating is important in any garden. If you entertain outdoors, ample and varied garden seating helps the party be successful. Second, seating provides rest, and rest is part of garden work. One needs to stop every so often and check progress. Next, as we age, and endurance lessens, a place to rest and gather energy for the next garden task…

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    You Can Grow Rain Lilies

    I said “rain lilies” in the title because I didn’t want to daunt you with the scientific name, Zephyranthes. But if gardeners wrote alphabet books, Z would be for zephyranthes! Zephyranthes are some of the most delicate, graceful flowers there are. They come in red, pink, rose, coral, white, pale yellow, vivid lemon yellow, deep orange, or in sunset blends…

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    You Can Grow That: Baja Fairy Duster

    Colorful flowers, attractive foliage, heat tolerance, and wildlife magnet are just a few of the characteristics that describe Baja Fairy Duster. This Mexican native thrives in desert gardens due to its drought tolerance and ability to handle full sun, reflected heat, and partial shade. Characteristics One of Baja Fairy Duster’s exciting features is the “feather-duster” shape of the flowers. The…

  • Water Features in a Southwest Landscape

    Many people are drawn naturally to water. They willingly spend vast sums of money to purchase a home overlooking an ocean, lake, or stream. Lacking a nearby ocean, many desert dwellers add a water feature to their landscape. Don’t feel guilty if you want a water feature. Xeriscape is low-water use landscaping. It isn’t waterless landscaping, nor does it preclude…

  • Pools and Plants

    Many folks dream of a pool of their own. To relax by the water, daydream, sip luscious drinks…. So the dream does not become a nightmare of constantly scooping plants bits out of the pool – you need a little planning.  Plus the proper plants.