Spring Bloomer 4 – Red Yucca

Red Yucca is an excellent accent plant for desert and transition areas. Attractive clumps of long grey leaves with a fringe of white hairs down the sides make the Hesperaloe parvifolia a truly beautiful desert plant. Vibrant flower spikes rise high above the plant from the spring through the summer. Red Yucca require very low maintenance and are tolerant of …

Spring Bloomer 3 – Bush Morning Glory

Morning Glory produces soft, silver foliage on a low mounding shrub that looks beautiful on mounds, in rocky landscapes and near cactus as a contrast. Silver Bush Morning Glory can really stand out when used in raised planters and containers for a nice contrast. Shear in spring every couple years to keep it fresh and full. This Morning Glory prefers …

Spring Bloomer 2 – Valentine Emu

The Valentine Emu is a lush evergreen shrub which produces masses of red tubular flowers in late winter and early spring, peaking just in time for Valentine’s Day. The small oval leaves take on a red tinge in cold weather. Has an attractive natural shape, but also takes well to shearing. In fact it is desirable to shear in spring, …

Red Bird of Paradise – Cut it back!

The Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) has long been a favorite summer blooming plant in Arizona. It celebrates the warm season with a dazzling display of orange-red flowers. This shrub grows fast to 8 feet tall with an equal or greater spread. In the spring, red racemes (flower stalks) grow up to 20 inches long. The racemes grow in a triangular, …

Spring Bloomer 1 – Little John Bottlebrush

A densely branched habit with blue-green leaves that have a citrus scent when crushed. The versatile compact size is perfect for today’s smaller gardens. ‘Little John’, is one of the most seen and identifiable shrubs in the Valley. Blood red, bottlebrush-like flower spikes cover this small to medium shrub evergreen shrub from spring into summer. In warm, temperate regions, it will continue …

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 …

Elephant Food Plant

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 …