Rain Lilies Welcome the Summer Rain

I said “rain lilies” in the title because I didn’t want to daunt you with the scientific name, Zephyranthes. But if gardeners wrote alphabet books, Z would be for Zephyranthes! Z is for Zephyranthes Zephyranthes are some of the most delicate, graceful flowers there are. They come in red, pink, rose, coral, white, pale yellow, vivid lemon yellow, deep orange, or in sunset blends of colors. Most zephyranthes bloom repeatedly through the summer and into early fall. Zephyranthes are native to the New World, and grow best in areas of […]

You Can Grow A Colorful Garden in the Heat

Most of us enjoy color in our life, including colorful flowers in the landscape. Something cheerful to greet us as we look out the window with the morning cup of coffee, or something welcome us home from the daily grind. Gardeners and landscape folks (members of the Green Industry) call this “color.” Lucky for us, “color” in the Southwest is a year round thing, especially if we use some annuals. Color Choices There are over 10,000 trees, shrubs, and perennial plants that can grow in the Southwest, and they all […]

Five Plants for your Southwest Night Garden

Night time is a truly magical time during our Southwestern summers. As the blazing sun sinks below the horizon and the air begins to cool off, it is pleasant to get outside and breathe the night air. Moon Garden for Night Time Last week, I introduced the topic of a “Moon Garden,” listing a number of plants with flowers that attract the night-flying Southwest pollinators. While flowers are nice, a moon garden need not have flowers to be attractive. There are a number of plants with silvery foliage that look […]

Caring in the Land of El Sol

Caring. Looking back over the past week of posts there is one common thread through it all, and that is caring. A Common Thread As some of you know, I am taking part in a 30 day blogging challenge. My goal is to become at delivering to you, gentle reader, the content you want and need. Today’s assignment was to find the common element in my posts over the last seven days, and I would have to say it is “caring.” The Thread of Caring The posts have been about […]

Annuals for the Heat

Why annuals?  Most people like some flowers in their landscape. Gardeners and landscape folks call this “color.” Lucky for us, “color” in most of the Southwest is a year ’round thing – with a little planning. Plan for Color The trees, shrubs, and perennial plants that grow in our area have various bloom times, early spring, late spring, summer, monsoon season, fall, even winter. Thus, you could have one or more plants in FGB (full glorious bloom) in any give week. All this color is great, but sometimes one part […]

You Can Grow Epazote Effortlessly

Epazote is an effortless ‘erb that loves our Southwestern summer heat. And it’s not too late to plant some now. Why Grow Epazote? This is an herb you need if you ever cook beans. When added to beans as they cook, epazote has the almost magical ability to help predigest” beans.  This causes them to lose their ability to cause – ahem – digestive gas production. In other words, epazote is an all natural “Bean-o.” Epazote doesn’t take much work on your part. All you need is about 10 leaves […]