Three Useful Landscape Herbs to Plant This Fall

Pretty plants in the landscape are great – and it’s even better when you can use them in cooking. Since in a few short weeks it will be time for fall planting – here are three lovely herbs for your landscape, and for pollinators too. Plan to Plant in Fall Once it no longer gets into the triple digits, it is time to think about planting in your landscape. Plant in fall and these plants will have a chance to become well established before the heat of next summer hits. Read more

Planning Now – for Fall Fruit Planting

The heat of summer is the perfect time for some garden and landscape planning. Back East, gardeners use winter cold to daydream about their summer garden once it warms up. In the heat of a Southwestern summer, we can daydream about what we will plant when it cools off. Indeed the cooler weather of fall is perfect for planting as far as many plants are concerned, especially for plants that fruit. Note that I do say”many.” Not all fruits appreciate fall planting, especially those with tropical genes. Planning Ahead With Read more

Create an Outdoor Office

It is easy to create an outdoor office work space, no matter how large or small your yard is.  It need not be elaborate. All you need is a wireless signal, a surface for your laptop and beverages, and some shade so you can easily view your screen. The Basics of an Outdoor Office This post is inspired by an article by garden writer friend C.L. Fornari. The original article appeared in The Garden Center Magazine. C.L states, “An outdoor office can be simple or elaborate. Basically, what most people Read more

Five Gorgeous Groundcovers for the Southwest

Simply put, groundcovers cover the ground (well, duh!) and technically lawn is one type of groundcover. But most people in our region are looking for not-lawn, low-water, easy to take care of, safe for humans and pets, not bothered by hungry wildlife , pretty to look at – groundcovers. Why Plant Groundcovers? Groundcovers help the entire landscape when they are included in the yard. They soften the landscape composition, add color, perhaps movement, and often fragrant flowers. Since they cover the soil, they reduce overall soil temperature, help soil moisture Read more

How Can You Tell a Lysiloma from an Acacia?

Feathery leaves, pale puffball flowers – is it a Lysiloma or is it an Acacia? Inquiring minds want to know! What is in a Name? Bear with me here as we start with some history and botanical exploration. If you get bored you can skip to the final paragraph – but I hope you won’t. Acacia are a group of trees in the Legume or Pea Family. “Acacia” was first described by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1773 based on the African species he called Acacia nilotica. The name Read more

Lovely Lycium – the Desert Goji Berry

Lycium? Yep – that’s the name for goji berries. Did you know we have native goji berries in the Southwest? World Wide Plant Goji, goji berry or wolfberry is the name applied to the fruit of two Asian plants, Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense. but the genus is found around the globe, from China to Chile, Southern USA to South Africa. There are roughly 100 species all told, mostly living in arid areas, including rocky hillsides in Italy. Here in the Southwest we have these six common species, and some Read more