Gardening Archives - Water Use It Wisely

SMALL SPACE? TRY USING SMALL, DESERT-ADAPTED TREES

It is far too common to see trees that are entirely too large for the yards they occupy. When trees with mature canopies reaching 30 foot or greater (like Ficus or Chilean mesquite) are planted in tiny front or narrow side yards, the amount of pruning needed to keep the… Read More

ECO-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING TIPS TO HELP YOU SAVE WATER

With more and more stories coming out in recent years about the importance of making eco-friendly changes to our homes, it’s a good idea to look for ways to reduce and conserve that will be sustainable in the long term. Saving water is a great example. This is especially true… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH: SLIPPER FLOWER

Plant Description Slipper Flower (Euphorbia lomelii or sometimes sold under the old name of Pedilanthus macrocarpus) has succulent light green stems that grow upright from a woody root crown. The jointed stems are mostly unbranched, ¾ inch thick and up to 3 feet tall. The plant can eventually spread to… Read More

ABC’S OF MONSOON PLANTING

The summer rainy season is here, making it a great time to get out in the garden and do some planting! For many seed varieties in the Native Seeds/SEARCH collection, this is a traditional time to plant. The monsoons allow for a second summer season after crops planted in March… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH: HOW DO THOSE DESERT PLANTS SURVIVE?

HOW PLANTS COPE WITH THE DESERT CLIMATE Desert plants tend to look very different from plants native to other regions. They are often swollen, spiny, and have tiny leaves that are rarely bright green. Their strange appearance is a result of their remarkable adaptations to the challenges of the desert… Read More

WATER HARVESTING BASICS

Water harvesting is the capture and storage of rainfall to irrigate plants or to supply people and animals. It is one of the oldest known gardening methods. Water harvesting dates back to the beginning of agriculture. In the desert southwest, Tohono O’odham, and Hopi tribes still harvest rainwater after the onset of summer and winter rain. Did you ever play… Read More

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PLANT OF THE MONTH: BOUGAINVILLEA — YOU CAN GROW THAT

The vibrant color of bougainvillea adds a welcome splash of color to southwestern landscapes, and despite their lush green appearance, they thrive in hot, dry climates with little fuss. There are several different species of bougainvillea with Bougainvillea glabra, B. peruviana, and B. spectabilis being the most common. Native to South America, this… Read More

XERISCAPE VERSUS ZEROSCAPE: IS THERE REALLY A DIFFERENCE?

When it comes to desert landscaping you often hear the terms “Xeriscape” and “zeroscape” used interchangeably, but have you ever wondered what the difference is between the two? Xeriscape and zeroscape are definitely not the same. Let’s explain: Xeriscape comes from the Greek word “xeric” meaning dry or arid. Zeroscape… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – YELLOW BELLS, ORANGE BELLS, & MUCH MORE!

Yellow Bells provide a burst of summer color to desert xeriscape gardens. Spectacular clusters of bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and cover these large shrubs or small trees from April through November. Pencil-like seed pods that develop in the fall provide food for over-wintering songbirds. The bright green foliage offers… Read More

GARDENS DEMONSTRATE THE BEAUTY OF XERISCAPE

Visiting a xeriscape demonstration garden, which showcases low-water-use plants, is an excellent way to get new and innovative ideas for your home landscape. You won’t have to travel far, as a number of the Water – Use It Wisely partners feature unique demonstration gardens right in your own community. Plan… Read More

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