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,…
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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 and shrub introductions on the market. Imagine being the first person on your block with the latest plant that all your neighbors will want to add…
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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…

A Hidden Garden in the Middle of Phoenix

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Have you ever discovered a hidden 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…
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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…
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A Desert Garden’s Winter Beauty on Display

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A chilly winter's morning dawns over this Phoenix garden 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. A seating area beckons…
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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 Ways to Use Citrus Fruit

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 desert winter (above). Drive down the street during the summer, and you will…