Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

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Avoiding Storm Damage – Desert Museum Palo Verde Trees

‘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 […]

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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, the truth is, we can have so much more! Imagine a landscape filled with the colors of the rainbow […]

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Protecting Your Desert Garden From a Heatwave

Protecting Your Desert Garden From a Heatwave Summers in the desert garden is hot. That’s no surprise. However, there are periods within these hot months when 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 […]

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Fuzzy Flowers and Sunscreen….

I absolutely love spring.  Some years, spring never arrives.  Sometimes spring goes missing and winter turns right into summer.  But not this year.  We have had beautiful weather and I have enjoyed being outdoors.   But, all good things must come to an end.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I do like the summer, but you […]

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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 and contribute to their early death. But, have you ever wondered what they look like on the inside? I found this ‘ugly’ example alongside the drive-thru of Taco Bell. Over Pruned Shrubs It isn’t pretty, is it? […]


Pink Blooms In the Desert Garden

Pink blooming plant in the desert graden 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 […]