Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

, , , , ,

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 […]

, , , , , , ,

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. […]

, , , , , ,

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 […]

, , , , , , ,

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 […]

, , , , ,

‘Red Hot’ Is A Welcome Addition to the Desert Garden

Red Hot I am always on the lookout for new plants to the desert plant palette. Growers experiment with new varieties of more common plants in an attempt to find new colors, sizes, and more desirable characteristics. This past fall, I was invited to visit Civano Nursery Farm, located in Sahuarita, 20 miles outside of Tucson. […]