PLANT OF THE MONTH: CACTUS FLOWERS COLOR THE DESERT LANDSCAPE

I love springtime in the desert when it comes alive in shades of yellow, orange and pink. Last week, while I was driving through a residential area nestled in the desert mountains, I could hardly keep my eyes on the road. Everywhere I turned, there were brightly colored cactus blooming…. Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – GLANDULARIA (formerly VERBENA)

FIRST, A BRIEF DISCUSSION OF SCIENTIFIC NAMES Before we start talking about these beautiful groundcovers, we want to briefly discuss plant names with you. The botanical name given to plants is often referred to as the “scientific name” or “Latin name.” Each plant has a name made up of two… Read More

REDISCOVER GARDENING AT YOUR LIBRARY

Join the city of Scottsdale’s Mustang Library for the Fourth Annual Garden Week from March 27 to April 1, featuring daily programs and how-to clinics. The library is excited to bring local vendors and speakers together to share with our community the latest tips in gardening and landscape sustainability. What… Read More

DESERT PLANTS ARE GREAT AT MULTI-TASKING

Plants provide many functions for the landscape February is a great time to plant in the low desert as temperatures are still cool and roots can get established before the heat sets in. Perhaps you are looking to add or replace a few plants to your landscape, create a new… Read More

Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert

PLANT OF THE MONTH – EREMOPHILA

Occasionally in the plant world, a new introduction comes along that gets everyone excited. In this case, not one, but three different, drought-tolerant shrubs have recently become quite popular with homeowners and landscape professionals. All of these shrubs belong to the Eremophila family and the reasons for their popularity range… Read More

THE DRAB TO FAB LANDSCAPE IS DONE, OR IS IT? | PART 10 OF 10

This past November, after months of planning and hard work, the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab Xeriscape landscape install was finally completed! By the second weekend in December, our winner, Lisa O., was celebrating with friends and family with a backyard barbecue at her Avondale home! And that, my friends,… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – TEXAS MOUNTAIN LAUREL (SOPHORA SECUNDIFLORA)

Description This evergreen shrub grows slowly, in time becoming treelike with multiple trunks. A typical mature size is 15 feet high and 10 feet wide. Glossy dark leaves up to 5 inches long are divided into seven to nine 1-inch rounded leaflets. Large clusters of showy purple flowers hang heavy on… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – IRONWOOD (Olneya tesota)

Description  As the common name suggests, Ironwood has hard, heavy wood. One cubic foot of the wood, valued for carving and firewood, weighs 66 pounds. Ironwood’s bark is light gray when young, turning darker with maturity. The gray-green foliage is evergreen except in extreme cold. The 2-inch-long, 1-inch-wide leaves are… Read More

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