Plant Your Yard for Pollinators and People

Is it possible to have a yard full of native plants for the pollinators – and an edible landscape for humans at the same time? You betcha! Try these awesome aloysia.  (And thanks for asking that question!) Native Plants for Multiple Uses There are indeed hundreds of native plants with culinary, medicinal, and other herb uses, including deterring mosquitoes. Many of these herbs are full of compounds that make them tasty to us but not at all tasty to wildlife like javelina and rabbits. And while the leaves repel wildlife, […]

Celebrate April With A Daisy

Every month has a birth stone, birth flower, and possibly more – but I am here to talk about the April birth flower – the daisy. Celebrate With A Daisy Which daisy? Any one you wish! The common English daisy, which may have been the original idea for the birth month flower, is a member of the Sunflower Family. While this species has to be kept as a pampered pet in the Southwest there are any number of low-water native plants with daisy in their common name. Luckily for us […]

Awesome Aloe for the Southwest

Many landscapes in the Southwest have aloes plunked around in them.  But instead of just plunking something in there – why not have a beautiful flowering aloe to attract hummingbirds?!  Wendy Proud, a representative for Rancho Soledad Nursery, shares one of her favorites in this guest post. Tangerine Aloe One of the first to spike (produce a spike of flowers) is the tangerine aloe (Aloe x Tangerine).  This cross between Aloe ferox and Aloe arborescens was shared by the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino California over 25 yrs ago.  […]

Almond Trees Grow Well In the Southwest

Almonds join a number of other plants from the warmer areas of the eastern Mediterranean that grow well in our Southwest gardens. Celebrate “National Almond Day” – February 16! There are many trees you can plant in your Southwest yard, but if you are going to the effort of planting and watering a tree, why not make it one that will also provide a nutritious and tasty snack – like almonds. Almond Tree Care These lovely trees are living beings, so they will need some care, but they do need […]

Lovely Leucophyllum – the Snapdragon Shrubs

Gardening in the Southwest is unique in many ways, and tops on the list are plants you don’t find anywhere else on earth. Leucophyllum , a shrubby member of the Snapdragon Family is one of these unique species.   Lovely Leucophyllum There are more common names for Leucophyllum than you can shake a stick at. Some of the more common common names are: rain sage, Texas sage, Texas rain sage, Texas ranger, Chihuahuan rain sage, blue ranger, cenizo, Texas silverleaf, barometer bush, ash-bush, wild lilac, purple sage, senisa, cenicilla, palo […]