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Mesquite Trees and Crazy Branches

Have you ever paused in the shade of a mesquite tree (Prosopis spp.) and noticed that its branches grow every which way?  I was reminded of this when I was visiting a client earlier this week and was advising him on how to care for his mesquite tree. I looked up and saw a cluster of […]

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Sometimes The Best Thing To Do About Aphids Is Nothing

What do you do when you spot aphids on your plants? Do you reach for the nearest bottle of insecticide? Spray them off with a hose or remove them with your fingers?   Believe it or not, sometimes the best thing is to do nothing. So, is this something I learned in school? No. I […]

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A New Shrub Named After a School Mascot

One of my favorite things I do as a landscape consultant is to show my clients newer plant and shrub introductions on the market. Imagine being the first person on your block with the latest plant that all your neighbors will want to add in their landscape.   Tecoma x ‘Orange Jubilee’ Many of you […]

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Creative Container Gardening Tips

Spring in the desert brings a flurry of activity out in the garden – much of it involving container gardening. As they say, in late spring, it’s “out with the old and in with the new.” In the desert garden, it’s when cool-season flowering annuals are traded out for those that can handle the hot […]

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A Hidden Garden in the Middle of Phoenix

Have you ever discovered a hidden garden in a surprising place? A few years ago, I found myself driving through the historic neighborhoods of the Encanto district in downtown Phoenix. I had finished up a landscape consultation in the area and decided to drive through the nearby neighborhoods in the historic district.   My initial […]

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Gorgeous Germander for Desert Gardens

I have a wonderful treat for you! This week’s blog post is from Dr. Jacqueline Soule. Chances are that her name sounds familiar and that is because she is a noted plant expert and well-known author of several books on desert gardening. Jacqueline grew up in Tucson and currently resides there where she enjoys growing […]

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A Stroll Through a Flowering Winter’s Garden

Did you know that you can have plants blooming in your landscape every month of the year? In the desert garden, this is definitely true! One of the most popular programs that I teach at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is ‘Flowering All Year’. During the presentation, I teach students how to incorporate plants […]

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A Desert Garden’s Winter Beauty on Display

A chilly winter’s morning dawns over this Phoenix garden Winter is a beautiful time of year in the desert landscape with bright blue skies, fresh cool air, and the plants in the garden add subtle beauty. A seating area beckons you to sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of the garden This particular garden […]

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Hop Bush: The Alternative to Oleanders

No matter where you live, you will see the same shrubs being used over and over again in countless landscapes. While the shrubs may be attractive, their overuse throughout neighborhoods creates a boring appearance because they are so common. In California, Nevada, and Arizona, oleanders have held a prominent spot in the landscape for years. […]