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 …

Trouble with your bermuda grass?

Is your bermuda grass looking dry and patchy? Here are a few things to keep in mind: Water lightly, twice per day in summer during the evening hours Check sprinkler patterns for dry spots Fertilize or weed & feed at least twice per summer Shade is bermuda’s biggest enemy. If you have large trees shading your bermuda grass, even growth …

How to Care for Citrus Trees

If you live in Arizona, you probably have a citrus tree in your yard or you know someone who does. If you are the proud owner of a citrus tree than you know how beautiful they are and also how frustrating they can sometimes be in their care. It seems that no matter what you do, sometimes your tree gets …

Backyard Landscaping Tips

Thanks to the dry, Arizona environment, landscaping your backyard can often be challenging. And while a well-rounded combination of native desert plants and features can blend into your surrounding landscape best, it does not mean you are limited to only common cacti and simple rocks. In fact, desert residential landscaping in Arizona can be your opportunity to showcase a variety …