Two Iconic Sonoran Desert Plants: Saguaro and Ocotillo

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The saguaro cactus is one of the most iconic plants of Arizona, (Carnegiea gigantea), it is perhaps the most recognizable trademark of the Sonoran desert with their tall arms reaching toward the sky. Although, saguaros are only in some…

Autumn Sage: A Hummingbird Magnet

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Do you like hummingbirds? If so, you may want to make sure that you have some autumn sage (Salvia greggii) growing in your garden - it is a hummingbird magnet. While red is the most common color of this small shrub, it also comes…

Wrong Plant, Wrong Place: Ficus Nitida

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Ficus Nitida simply the wrong plant, and usually in the wrong place. I think this photo probably speaks for itself..... But, I will add to it by saying that it is vital to realize that the little, spindly tree that you plant WILL GROW.…

Pruning Flowering Shrubs in Late Summer

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    Late August to early September is when I usually lightly prune a few of my summer flowering shrubs.  I just finished pruning my Red Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), taking off about 1/3 of the height. This helps to…

Planting & Care of Cacti & Succulents

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Agave macroacantha with 'Firesticks'  Succulents are some of my favorite types of plants. I especially like the smaller agave species such as Agave parryi, Agave victoria-reginae, and Agave bovicornuta to name a few.…

Pink Crown of Flowers: Arizona Fishhook Cactus

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I just had to share this photo of my flowering Arizona fishhook cactus(Mammillaria grahamii) also known as (Mammillaria microcarpa). While walking outside in the garden this morning, I caught a glimpse of pink off in the distance. As I…

Drought Tolerant, Year Round Bloom: Angelita Daisy

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Angelita daisy is a beautiful, small perennial that is a reliable producer of yellow daisy-like flowers throughout the year. The heaviest blooms occur in winter and spring, which makes this little plant an asset to the landscape.…