Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

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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. […]

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5 Tips for a Heatproof Garden

What do your plants look like in the middle of summer?  Do they thrive despite the hot temperatures?   Or do they look more like this?   Throw in a heatwave, and your lovely, attractive plants may be suddenly struggling to survive.   Whether you live in the desert Southwest or more temperate climates, this […]

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How Much Water Do My Plants Need?

“How much water do my plants need?” I am often asked this question by desert dwellers and my answer is always, “That depends.” There are several variables that determine how much water plants need, along with the frequency of watering. Variables include: Type of soil (clay, sand, combination) What kind of plant (native plants, higher […]