Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

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Launching Through the Garden Gate!

Creating an attractive garden in the desert can be a daunting task, especially in such a different climate with the unique challenges of blistering heat and dryness “where plants go to die.” But, I’m here to tell you that you DON’T need to settle for a yard filled with rock and spiky cactus. It is […]

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Are You Overwhelmed Trying to Garden in the Desert?

  Creating an attractive garden in the desert can seem overwhelming with our dry climate and intensely hot summers that seemingly last forever. Can anything green and pretty grow in a barren, brown landscape covered in rock? The answer is YES! Yes, the desert is a very different place to create, grow, and maintain a garden, […]

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Design Notes From the Field: A New Build, Metal Art, Weeds, and Shade

I’m back with design notes from the field, where I share observations and recommendations from my work as a landscape consultant. This edition features a new build, metal art, weeds, and shade. I hope that you can pick out helpful tips that you can use in your landscape. Up first, is a new house that […]

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Side Gardens (or Yards)

Sometimes, one area that many homeowners struggle with is what to plant in their side yards. It can be an awkward place with little sun and not much room for plants to grow. Most of these narrow spaces along the side of our home are little more than “yards,” but there is potential to turn […]

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A Well-Designed, Natural Landscape in an Unusual Place

Have you noticed that landscapes around parking lots and shopping malls look somewhat lackluster? This is often due to a combination of over-pruning, over-planting, and the wrong plant in the wrong place.  Sadly, this is so commonplace that a beautifully designed and well-maintained landscape stands out, which is where I found myself recently. My husband […]