• 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…

  • Native Perennials for Native Pollinators

    June is officially “National Perennial Garden Month,” and the third week of June (18-24, 2018) is “National Pollinator Week,” so I decided to combine both topics and introduce you to some of the many lovely low-water Southwest native perennials for Southwest native pollinators. There are five great reasons why perennials have a place in every landscape. First, perennials are shorter…

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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…

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    Meet the Greeks

    In honor of Greek Independence Day, March 25, I decided to write about Greek plants that do well here in the arid Southwest. First there are common food and herb plants such as olive, pomegranate, bay laurel, thyme and rosemary. Then there are more than 40