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Plant of the Week – Roses






We receive our annual shipment of roses every January!






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Plant of the Week – Parry’s Penstemon











A real show stopper in any garden, spring-blooming Parry’s Penstemon has striking pink flowers on 3-4 foot flower stalks.






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Plant of the Week – Trumpet Flower Cactus











This hybrid combines huge flowers with brilliant colors.






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Plant of the Week – Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo











This striking, small, evergreen, disease resistant, frost hardy, easy care shrub provides beautiful red foliage during the winter season.






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Plant of the Week – Easter Lily Cactus











The Easter Lily Cactus is a spectacular blooming, easy care plant ideal for Tucson.






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Plant of the Week – Lavender & Rosemary Trees











Welcome family and friends to your home with the scents of Thanksgiving.






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Plant of the Week – Cape Daisy











This showy native of Africa has large sunflower-like blooms in the spring.






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Plant of the Week – Desert Rose











This unique, easy-to-grow plant may be grown indoors or out with great success.






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Plant of the Week – Gregg’s Mist Flower











From summer into fall this American native perennial is covered with clusters of lavender-blue flowers that are magnets for butterflies, especially Queens and Monarchs.






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Plant of the Week – St. Elmo’s Fire™











A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, St. Elmo’s Fire™






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Plant of the Week – Ponytail Palm











This water-wise succulent is popular for its unique shape.






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Plant of the Week – Timeless Beauty® Desert Willow











This unique selection is prized for its especially long flowering season, since it does not set seed.






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Plant of the Week – Moroccan Mound











This clumping, succulent shrub is perfect for your water-wise garden.






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Won’t Take My Pomegranate for Granted











Considered to have originated in what now is Iran and Northern India, the pomegranate is well suited to our desert.

Which brings me to how well my pomegranate is fairing.






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My Southwest Hydrangea











A couple of summers ago I visited the east coast. While I was admiring the greenness of everything,






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The Right Light











I’ve heard many people say they kill indoor plants. I don’t think they are entirely to blame.






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For the Love of Nandinas











I love my Nandina domestica. This evergreen shrub, also known as Heavenly Bamboo, can survive a wide range of conditions






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Texas Root Rot Riot











This is getting ridiculous. I have now lost my third mature tree in two years. You would think by working in a nursery I would have a better track record.






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The Summer of Vinca











Every spring I become giddy with the excitement of planting beautiful flower pots.






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Got Borered











Well they did it. The borers finally killed my tree. My shade-providing, south-side-of-my-house ash tree — gone.






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Tomato Time in Tucson











My husband planted our tomatoes yesterday. Just it time. Tomatoes are, in my opinion, the most finicky of vegetables to grow in Tucson. They don’t like the cold and certainly don’t like our heat, so their season is short and requires timely planting.






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Rosemary – Another Bulletproof Plant











For several years I’ve had a whiskey barrel planter in a tough spot. This area receives full winter shade and full summer sun. Very few plants tolerate this combination. I’ve tried annuals, but I’m tired of paying a lot of attention to this pot. I want a perennial that will survive year in and year out.






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Citrus Fruit











This has been a great recovery year for citrus fruit. Last year’s fruit was non-existent for most trees due to the great freeze of February 2011.






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Getting Borered











My poor Fan-Tex Ash tree. It is sapping all over, and it can only mean one thing– borers. Ash trees can be susceptible to these insects. By keeping the tree well watered and fed, you should be able to keep bugs at bay.






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Water Kills











Even though I have drip irrigation to my pots, I still need to pay attention to soil moisture. I try to make regular checks to see how well the emitter lines are working and if my pots are draining properly, but sometimes a pot or two gets by me.






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Dreading Deadheading











Typically, I like deadheading my flowers. Watching a plant go from messy and unattractive to tidy and beautiful is one of my favorite things. But like most other outdoor activities this time of year, I don’t want to.






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Thrillers, Spillers, and Fillers











Sometimes my garden overwhelms me. I look at my summer ravaged yard and think it’s going to take a lot of sweat to get this looking good again. So instead of buying a bunch of new flowers at once (and being even more overwhelmed), I’m improving my yard one pot at a time.






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tomato horn worms

Horned Tomato Worms: Plant Destroyers











Last night I went to pick some of my beautifully ripe tomatoes when I saw it: the destruction. Usually seen way before the camouflaged worm, I saw my tomato plants stripped of their leaves.






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Summer Tree Care






SUMMER TREE CARE Proper watering is, without a doubt, the most important aspect of tree care during our hot, dry summer months. Newly planted trees (even natives) should not be stressed for water – even once! Newly planted trees should be watered to a depth of 2 feet each time they are watered. Established trees […]

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New Plant Care 101






NEW PLANT CARE 101 99% of all new planting failures are due to improper watering techniques.   Proper Care for Plants Still in their Nursery Containers: When brought home from the nursery, it is best to place plants in a sheltered location, safe from strong afternoon sun, wind, critters, and neglect. When brought home from […]

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Salt Tolerant Plants






SALT TOLERANT PLANTS High Salt Tolerance Atriplex semibaccata – Australian saltbush Drosanthemum speciosum – Ice Plant Lonicera japonica – Japanese honeysuckle Portulaca species – Portulaca Rosemarinus officinalis – Rosemary Sessuvium verrucosum – Sea purslane   Moderate to High Salt Tolerance Acacia greggii – Catclaw acacia Acacia redolens Agave species – Agave Aloe species – Aloe […]

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