Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

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Sow Wildflower Seed in Fall for a Gorgeous Spring Display

California bluebells and red flax One of spring’s many joys are the fields of wildflowers that we often see growing along the side of the road.  It is one of the many miracles of nature how such lovely flowers can grow in the wild without any help from people. I find it kind of ironic […]

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Celebrating “Second Spring” in the Southwest Garden

As summer begins to slowly fade and the heat begins to dissipate, the Southwestern garden comes alive. Plants perk up in the absence of 100+ degree temperatures and people begin to venture outdoors  (without their hats!) to enjoy their beautiful surroundings. When people talk about their favorite season, many will tell you that spring is the […]

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Shrubs or Mushrooms?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take another photo of a landscape I passed by in a neighborhood where I had just finished up a landscape consultation. Sadly, I often see examples of truly ‘interesting’ or should I say ‘bad’ pruning.  I drove by this landscape and then made a U-turn so that […]

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Avoiding Storm Damage – Desert Museum Palo Verde Trees

One of the most popular trees for arid climates is the ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde. Once you see one, it’s easy to see why it is present in so many residential, commercial, and community areas. Its medium-green trunk, feathery foliage, and golden flowers, that appear in late spring, add beauty to any landscape. Another characteristic […]

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Garden House Call: Sunburned Citrus

Have you ever had a sunburn?  Maybe a better question is, “Who hasn’t?”   Well, did you know that many plants get too much as well? I recently made a house call for a client who was worried about her newly planted citrus trees. Sunburned Citrus This particular client has a large courtyard with several […]

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8 Colorful Plants for the Desert Garden and Where to Find Them

When people think about what a desert garden looks like, what comes to mind? Perhaps, visions of lots of brown with rocks and a cactus or two? While you can settle for rocks and some cacti, BUT the truth is, we can have so much more! Imagine a landscape filled with the colors of the […]

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Protecting Your Desert Garden From a Heatwave

Summers in the desert garden are hot. That’s no surprise. However, there are periods within these hot months that temperatures climb higher than normal. Because of this, we do need to help protect our gardens from the effects of a heatwave. So, what is considered a heatwave in the low to mid-altitude desert? As a […]