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Shrubs Aren’t Meant To Be Cupcakes, Frisbees, or Pill Boxes

Aren’t these shrubs beautiful? Texas Sage ‘Green Cloud’ (Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Green Cloud’) Thunder Cloud Sage (Leucophyllum candidum ‘Thunder Cloud’) ‘Rio Bravo’ Sage (Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Rio Bravo’) You would think that the beauty of these shrubs, in flower, would be enough for people to stop pruning them into absurd shapes, but sadly, this is not the […]

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Landscape No-No’s and How to Fix Them: Over Planted, Poodle Pruned Shrubs and Lack of Variety

Photo: Landscape No-No Have you ever driven past a landscape that had some problems with it?  As a horticulturist and landscape consultant, my attention diverts whenever I see ‘Landscape No-No’s’ like this one. Awhile ago, I shared the photo of the landscape, above, on my Facebook page and invited people to identify three things wrong with the […]

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Container Gardening: Growing Bougainvillea in Pots

Do you love the beauty of bougainvillea? Many of us will agree that bougainvillea is beautiful, but many homeowners hesitate to grow them for a variety of reasons. The most common that I hear is that they get too big and as a result, too messy. While both statements are certainly true, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy […]

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Lessons From a Heat-Stressed Desert Garden

Let’s face it. Hot summers are not surprising to desert dwellers. In fact, a typical desert garden with native and desert-adapted plants will weather intense heat with little fuss. However, this summer has been one for the books and I’ve seen signs of heat-stress that I’ve never seen before. And yes, within my own garden. […]