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    5 Fall Flowering Shrubs for the Southwest Garden

    What comes to mind when you envision fall color in the landscape? For many of us, trees with varying shades of yellows, oranges, and reds are what may come to mind. However, in the Southwest, we get to enjoy another type of fall color in the form of shrubs that decorate the landscape with their beautiful blooms when summer blooms begin to…

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    5 Wonderful Agaves for Southwestern Gardens

    Agaves are an iconic succulent of the Southwestern landscape and thrive in our dry climate with little care. Their fleshy leaves come in a multitude of shapes from large and wide to skinny and narrow. The leaves are arranged in a rosette pattern, and most have sharp points at their tips. Depending on the species, the edges of the leaves may…

  • Palm Care Is as Easy As 1-2-3

    For healthy, happy, palms there are only three things you need to do. Just three simple things! Palm care tip 1: “Leaf” it alone! Prune no leaves (technically fronds) ever, because palms will drop what they do not need. If you dislike the appearance, wait until fronds are brown and drooping before removing. You should only remove green fronds if…

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    Bougainvillea: You Can Grow That

    The vibrant color of bougainvillea adds a welcome splash of color to southwestern landscapes, and despite their lush green appearance, they thrive in hot, dry climates with little fuss. There are several different species of bougainvillea with Bougainvillea glabra, B. peruviana, and B. spectabilis being the most common.

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    Smart Plant Choices To Decrease Water Use in the Landscape

    Residents of the Southwest know how valuable a resource our water is and that it’s important to conserve this precious resource where we can. The best place to look at water savings should begin in the landscape, where up to 75% of household water use occurs. While this is a lot of water, there are a number of ways you can…