Archive for “Xeriscape Landscaping” Category

Plant of the Month: Night-Blooming Cereus (repandus and hildmannianus)

August 27, 2019

Cereus cacti are nighttime showstoppers that are not shy about strutting their blooms. The two Cereus species highlighted, repandus and hildmannuamus, are so similar it’s challenging to differentiate between them. Like most cacti, this garden giant sits unassuming in the landscape, happy to take in full sun with minimal water. In late spring however, large white showy flowers will open …

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Desert Plants and Desert Native Bees — A Potent Pollination Pairing!

August 21, 2019

Desert plants are challenged by hot and arid growing conditions. Water-wise gardening addresses their water needs and defines the best growing locations. But how can we be more confident that the timely pollination needed to set seeds, fruits, or nuts is accomplished? The answer is desert native bees, master pollinators of desert plants. The estimated 1,000 species of native bees …

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Plant of the Month: 5 Plants That Can Take the Southwest Heat

July 16, 2019

It’s no surprise that the biggest challenge to growing plants in our region is the intense heat and dryness of summer, which is a stressful environment for plants. Thankfully, there are several plants that thrive in a hot, dry climate. Here are a few of Southwest Gardening’s Noelle Johnson’s favorite plants that can take the Southwest heat.   1. Bush Lantana (Lantana …

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Plant of the Month: Ironwood — The Desert’s Oldest Nurse | Plants for Birds – Part 3

June 11, 2019

Feeling melancholy as you sweep up the spent yellow petals of your Palo Verdes? I understand why: when the “month of monochrome yellow” is behind us, the baking summer is upon us, and most plants (and people!) sober up to prepare. Don’t despair yet, though—late spring wildflowers still surround Saguaros wreathed like brides with white blooms. And, now is the …

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Plant of the Month: Desert Ruellia

May 13, 2019

Vibrant purple color, lush green foliage, and a long bloom period combine in the form of desert ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis). This Southwestern native thrives in full sun and shrugs off the intense heat in summer. The arrival of spring is greeted by a large flush of purple flowers, which contrast beautifully against the bright green leaves. Flowering will continue through …

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Arbor Day is Friday!

April 23, 2019

Friday, April 26th is Arbor Day, a special day set aside to encourage the planting and proper care of trees.  It has been 147 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and …

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Can You Over-Water Your Plants in the Desert? We Asked a Local Plant Expert!

April 9, 2019

As most would expect, water is considered a precious resource in the desert. But, did you know that there are more plant problems caused due to over-watering then under-watering? Believe it or not, it is true. Most people are surprised to hear that up to 70 percent of residential water usage goes to watering trees and plants in your landscape. …

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Plant of the Month: Desert Hackberry | Plants for Birds – Part 1

February 22, 2019

Desert Hackberry – The Winter Underdog. This is the first in a three-part series on plants for birds, presented by Arizona Audubon. Short winter days can mean lackluster landscapes: sober yards comprised of cheerless greys and browns. Occasional bird visitors to such spaces can be observed listlessly searching for springs’ first green gifts or insect morsels. Sound familiar? To shake …

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Landscaping with Nature – Xeriscape

February 8, 2019

What is Xeriscape? Landscapes in urban backyards or around a rural home generally accommodate fruit or ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers that serve a variety of purposes: food, shade, screen, color, or wildlife habitat. With the right plant choices and placement, pleasing and functional landscapes can be achieved that will thrive with minimum irrigation and maintenance. “Xeriscape” promotes water-conserving landscapes …

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ATTEND THE FREE 2019 SRP WATER CONSERVATION EXPO

February 1, 2019

Salt River Project (SRP) invites Valley customers to learn about water conservation and water supplies at the 12th annual SRP Water Conservation Expo on March 2, 2019, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Approximately 50 exhibitors will be at the event, including municipalities, water organizations, the Water – Use It Wisely campaign, and vendors with water-efficient products. Additionally, SRP will have snow …

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Plant of the Month: Flowering Trees

November 13, 2018

Have you ever experienced the agony of sitting in a car that has been baking in an asphalt parking lot? If so, you understand the main value of trees in the desert; they provide much-needed SHADE! Trees benefit our environment in so many ways. They moderate our climate, provide wildlife habitat, improve air quality, and help conserve water by storing water and reducing storm run-off. Trees create microclimates that allow other plants, animals, …

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WAYS TO KEEP YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM EFFICIENT. WE ASKED OUR WATER GURU!

November 6, 2018

So, you’re thinking about installing a new irrigation system or updating the one you already have. There are several steps you can take to create the most efficient system possible, which ultimately will save water, save time, and keep your plants looking beautiful. Water – Use It Wisely asked Warren Gorowitz, Vice President of Sustainability from Ewing Irrigation & Landscape …

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