Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

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Old, Overgrown Plants: Time to Start Over?

Have you ever driven by a newly-planted landscape?  If so, you probably noticed that many of the plants were quite small.     I like to joke that sometimes you need a magnifying glass just to see the new plants. But as small as they are, within a short amount of time, those plants start […]

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An Historic Garden Jewel in the City

Imagine finding yourself stepping back in time, surrounded by small adobe homes and extensive gardens – all in modern-day Phoenix.   The Phoenix Homesteads District dates back to the 1930s and is the only adobe neighborhood in Phoenix.  Mature pine trees line the streets interspersed with Mexican fan palms creating a green tunnel that beckons you […]

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Fall Planting: How to Select Plants

The signs that fall is approaching are sometimes so subtle that it is easy to miss them.  But, they are there just the same. You may notice the lengthening shadows on your way home from work, signaling shorter days.  Or maybe you’ve noticed that you aren’t rushing indoors as quickly as you did earlier this summer.   Fall is […]

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Made in the Shade: Yellow Dot

It may surprise you to find that it is easier to find plants that thrive in the sun than in the shade. Especially if you live in the desert Southwest. Why is this, you may ask? Well, it can be hard to find plants that can handle the intense, dry heat of our climate while […]

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Too Much Salt Isn’t Good For You OR Your Plants…

I have a weakness (well, one of many) to confess to you today…. I absolutely love salt.   In fact, I have a theory that the reason that so many people love french fries is not the potatoes or the fat it is fried in. No, it is the salt that you put on them afterwards. […]

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DIY Garden: Portable Drip Irrigation With a Recycled Milk Jug

Do you have plants that need extra water this summer?  Many of us have a few plants that aren’t connected to an irrigation system. Some people don’t have an irrigation system and use a hose to water plants, which is time-consuming and inefficient.   While you can certainly haul out your hose and water each […]

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Have You Suffered From Color Blindness in the Garden?

Last month, I diagnosed my first ever case of color blindness. Now, I realize that I am no doctor or medical authority. However, as a horticulturist, I am somewhat of an expert in the garden, which is where I made my diagnosis. Before I tell you more about my unorthodox diagnosis, I invite you to […]

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It’s All About the Leaves: Creative Container Plantings

What type of plants comes to mind when you are planning what to plant in your containers?   I’m willing to bet that purple hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’) and bush morning glory (Convolvulus cneorum) probably weren’t the first plants that came to mind.   Admittedly, I tend to think of using plants known for their flowers or […]

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Small Agaves Perfect for Containers

I have a confession to make.   I don’t have any containers filled with flowering annuals. Shocking isn’t it? There are a few reasons for this, the most important one is that I prefer using relatively fuss-free plants that look great all year in my pots.   I don’t have much patience for high-maintenance containers. […]