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…

White Flowering Plants for the Southwest Landscape: Part 1

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Do you use white flowering plants in your landscape? I do. However, some people tend to overlook white flowers in favor of flashier colors such as yellow, orange or red.  But did you know that white flowers can help show off the other…

AZ Plant Lady’s November Garden To-Do Tasks

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Okay, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it October 1st just a few days ago? It's hard to believe that November is already here. You know what that means - Christmas is just around the corner. Last month was a busy one in the garden.  While…

Desert Garden Resources to Guide, Inspire, and Support

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Hi There! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting my blog. Whether you are a brand new visitor or a long-time reader, I appreciate you! As many of you know, gardening in the desert can be challenging, and I have…

Fall Foliage for the Southwestern Garden

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Does it look like fall where you live? If you live in the West or Southwestern regions of the U.S. your answer is probably "no". Fall foliage we enjoyed on a trip to Williamsburg, VA several years ago.   Have you ever…

DIY: Create Natural Air Fresheners From the Garden

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Have you ever sprayed air-freshener in your home? Does it ever smell like the fragrance described on the can? I must confess that I have used air-fresheners in the past, but I've never happy with how my house smelled afterward. To me, the…

Old, Overgrown Plants: Time to Start Over?

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Have you ever driven by a newly-planted landscape?  If so, you probably noticed that many of the plants were quite small.     I like to joke that sometimes you need a magnifying glass just to see the new plants. But as small as they…

An Historic Garden Jewel in the City

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Imagine finding yourself stepping back in time, surrounded by small adobe homes and extensive gardens - all in modern-day Phoenix.   The Phoenix Homesteads District dates back to the 1930s and is the only adobe neighborhood in Phoenix.…

5 Tips for Choosing Plants From the Nursery

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With the imminent arrival of fall, I can't wait to get to the nursery to choose plants for some empty spots in my landscape. Each year, I do an inventory or audit of my garden and look at plants that are struggling or just not adding much to…

Fall Planting: How to Select Plants

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The signs that fall is approaching are sometimes so subtle that it is easy to miss them.  But, they are there just the same. You may notice the lengthening shadows on your way home from work, signaling shorter days.  Or maybe you've…