A Hidden Garden in the Middle of Phoenix

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Have you ever discovered a 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…

Gorgeous Germander for Desert Gardens

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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…

A Stroll Through a Flowering Winter’s Garden

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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…

A Desert Garden’s Winter Beauty on Display

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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. This particular garden was the backdrop for a video shoot by the horticultural filmmaker,…

Hop Bush: The Alternative to Oleanders

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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…

5 Surprising Ways to Use Citrus Fruit For Home and Kitchen

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Do you have citrus trees?  If you live in zone 9 or higher, chances that you or your neighbor has a citrus tree or two growing in their backyard.   It may be hard for those who live in colder climates to understand, but those of us…

Colorless Winter Garden ? No Way!

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One of the many blessings of living in the desert is that you can garden all year.  That means that you can have beautiful color all year, even in the winter (above). Drive down the street during the summer, and you will see flowering…
AZ Plant Lady

AZ Plant Lady’s Must-Have Items for the Desert Gardener

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I love to spend time out in the garden but it may surprise you to learn that I don't have a garden shed full of tools, fertilizer, and other gardening items. Full Disclosure: I USED to! As a garden influencer, companies send me their…

Water Saving Landscapes: 3 Options

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For those who live in the western half of the United States, water has always been a precious resource. In recent years, this has become especially true during a long-term drought has made its impact felt. As a result, many of us find ourselves…

White Flowers for the Southwest Landscape: Part 2

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Gardeners have long known about white flowering plants and the beauty that they bring to the garden. The color white is seen by many as a bright, clean color that makes surrounding colors 'pop' visually.  Others like how white flowers seem…