How to Wrap Trees with Christmas Lights

When wrapping trees with Christmas lights, there are some basic measurements that you need to take into consideration. Measure the circumference of the tree trunk, as well as the circumference and count of any branches you wish to wrap with lights. Determine how much spacing you want both between each light bulb on the string, as well as how far …

Leaf Roller Damage on Arizona Honeysuckles

Often honeysuckle and yellow bells in Arizona are suseptible to “leaf roller” disease. Skeletonized leaves,  leaves ‘rolled’ up and little black dots (insect poop) indicate shrubs that are suffering from ‘leaf rollers’, which are tiny caterpillars that roll the leaf around them while they eat.  It is hard to spot the caterpillars themselves, but the damage they cause, usually makes it …

Winter Flowers in Arizona

Fall is a wonderful time to plant a new garden, or freshen up your current flower bed. Many of the plants you expect to plant during spring throughout much of the country actually do best when planted during fall here in Arizona. With our help, you can have your plants looking healthy and vibrant all through the winter! If you’re …

Purple Fountain Grass

Purple Fountain Grass is a very attractive grassy ornamental that adds color and to any landscape style. Purple Fountain Grass is a perfect accent around rocks or in borders around just about any landscape. They grow great in pots as an addition to warm season annuals. Purple Fountain Grass will turn dormant in the winter, but still add nice color …

The plant called Elephant Food

Elephant’s food is a small-leaved succulent plant from the Portulacaceae family and is also called: Elephant Bush, Small Leaf Jade, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush, & Spekboom in Afrikaans, since it is native to South Africa. Elephant Food is a soft-wooded, semi-evergreen upright shrub or small tree, usually 8 – 15 inches tall and is similar in appearance to the “jade plant”. It is a …

Hedge Cactus

The Hedge Cactus is a great option if you have a lot of space in your yard to add some architectural interest. A columnar, slow growing cactus, the Hedge Cactus branches from the base, up to 30 feet tall, and will clump up to 15 feet in diameter. The stem is blue-green in color when young, becoming duller green with age, …

Winter Grass in the Desert

People relocating to the Valley of the Sun often wonder about having a lawn. Yes, there are people who have lawns here in the desert. What surprises many people, though, is that we have summer lawns and winter lawns. Why do we have winter grass and summer grass in Phoenix? The desert climate in Phoenix means that the winter and summer are very different. In …

Red Canna Lily

Not all plants will thrive in the intense Arizona sun and heat over the summer. Truly fabulous, exotic looking Phoenix landscaping plants like the Canna offer you a huge selection of flower colors and some have striking colored foliage as well. These tall hardy perennials in our growing zone can add a great deal of excitement and drama to many …

Queen Palm Seeds

A queen palm is a very elegant palm tree found in the southern United States. Grouped together, they can really make a landscape attractive and look upscale. However, a queen palm can produce unsightly fruit and seeds. For trees, this process is natural and essential to ensure the survival of the species. For people, the fruit and seeds produce a …

Consider Pampas Grass

Most people are familiar with the large clumps of lush, grass-like foliage and creamy white feathery plumes of pampas grass (though pink varieties are available too). Pampas grass (Cortaderia) is an attractive ornamental grass that is popular in many landscapes. While they’re extremely easy to grow, however, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before planting pampas grass around …