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The Ugly Truth – What Over-Pruned Shrubs Really Look Like

Many of us are familiar with how over-pruning can take away much of the beauty of flowering shrubs, in addition to contributing to their early death. But, have you ever wondered what they look on the inside? I found this ‘ugly’ example alongside the drive-thru of Taco Bell. Over Pruned Shrubs It isn’t pretty, is […]

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Pink Blooms In the Desert Garden

Springtime in the desert southwest is a glorious time. We say “goodbye” to cold, winter temperatures and delight in the landscape around us and it bursts into bloom. I enjoy spending time outdoors this time of year, realizing that soon I will go into what I like to call ‘summer hibernation’ as the temperatures reach […]

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Tips to Save Money When Shopping for Succulents

Shopping for Succulents, Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale I enjoy attending plant sales hosted by botanical gardens. Why? Because you can often find the newest plants (even hard to find ones) at them. Of course, you can also find old favorites as well. Succulents, including cacti are a great way to add texture and interest […]

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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 […]