Container Gardening: Growing Bougainvillea in Pots

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Do you love the beauty of bougainvillea? Many of us will agree that bougainvillea is beautiful, but many homeowners hesitate to grow them for a variety of reasons. The most common that I hear is that they get too big and…

Lessons From a Heat-Stressed Desert Garden

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Let's face it. Hot summers are not surprising to desert dwellers. In fact, a typical garden with native and desert-adapted plants will weather intense heat with little fuss. However, this summer has been one for the books and I've seen…
Philodendron 'Birkin'

Dipping My Toes Into the Wonderful World of Houseplants

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I have a shocking confession to make... Believe it or not, I'm relatively new to growing houseplants. Yep, it's true. As a horticulturist, I've focused my career almost solely on outdoor plants with only the occasional foray into growing…

Are Your Roses Feeling The Heat?

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Photo: My Abraham Darby shrub rose and my little dog, Tobey.  If you live in a hot arid climate like me, chances are that your roses are feeling the heat and aren't looking their best right now. While gardeners in cooler climates celebrate…

How Do You Choose a Plant Nursery?

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"Where do you recommend I go to buy plants?" This is one question that I'm often asked by desert dwellers. The choices that people have for purchasing plants range from a locally owned nursery, a nursery chain, or a big box store.   So…

Garden Surprise: A Self-Planted Bouquet

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Have you ever had the experience of receiving an unexpected bouquet? I've been blessed to have gotten bouquets throughout my life from my wonderful husband, my children, and in the past - from a boyfriend or two. But recently, I was…

Mesquite Trees and Crazy Branches

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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…

Sometimes The Best Thing To Do About Aphids Is Nothing

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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,…

A New Shrub Named After a School Mascot

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One of my favorite things I do as a landscape consultant is to show my clients newer plant 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.…

Creative Container Gardening Tips

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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…