Colorful Cannas – Part II

Last week I told you that You Can Grow Colorful Cannas.    Just because you can – should you?    Sure – why not!    If you enjoy bright, colorful, lush plants in your landscape, and especially if you have a water garden – you should grow some cannas.    But is that isn’t enough – here are some additional reasons to grow them. Cannas Add A Touch of the […]

You Can Grow Colorful Cannas – Part I

Cannas are (circle all that apply) colorful, tropical, large-flowered, bold, brash, bright, sometimes gaudy, glorious, short or tall, a glorious garden plant.   I hope you circled them all, because cannas are all of the above.    Plus very delightful and very variable. Cannas in the Southwest If you have an entirely desert landscape, cannas won’t look right in your landscape. But – if you are like most of us in […]

15 Sunflowers for the Southwest – Land of the Sun

The simple sunflower is a native Southwest plant, used for centuries by the Native peoples.    If you plant the right varieties – and plant them in the spring – you will have a gorgeous garden full of bright sunflowers. Sunflower Origins Originally sunflowers grew only in North and Central America (the “New World”).    After  Europeans “discovered” sunflowers, they were rapidly shared around the globe. There are over 70 […]

Celebrate April With A Daisy

Which daisy should you use to celebrate April?    Any daisy 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.    The English daisy prefers a higher humidity than we generally have – so you would have to keep it as a pampered pet. Time to think outside the box and look at […]

Poinsettia – A Little History

America’s favorite holiday flower is the poinsettia. To help you celebrate, here is a little of the rich and sadly bloody history of this alternately loved and reviled plant. Do you prefer cyclamen as a holiday flower? Here is my post on growing cyclamen. Poinsettia are from a Beautiful Area Originally the species (Euphorbia pulcherrima) was native to the hills around present day Taxco, Mexico. The poinsettia was popular long […]

Calendula Flowers are Easy to Grow

Grow calendula for a bright and shining and long-lasting pretty flower in the cooler months of winter in the desert Southwest. Calendula – The Plant Calendula (Calendula officinalis) was once an important herb found in every herbal garden. Now calendula commonly grown for its pretty blooms. It still has a wealth of uses. Mostly though, I like to grow it because it is nice to have bright flowers to greet […]

Annual Flowers in the Winter

Colorful flowers! Yes you can easily have them in the desert Southwest. And yes, you can have them ALL WINTER LONG in USDA zones 8 and warmer.  This equates to Low Desert, Middle Desert, and High Desert. Sorry Upper Elevations and Mountains – too cold where you live. But you get to play in snow. Kinds of Flowers Botany nerd says, “If you are a plant, you will have flowers.” […]

List of Annuals for Cool Season

Annuals are Awesome!  (IMHO)  Cool season is near and we will wish to sit outside and enjoy our gardens more.  Here is a list of cool season annual flowers for your enjoyment. ((how to grow all these will be discussed in the next post)) Annuals Versus Wildflowers These annuals are on a list of annuals because the have a loooong bloom period. Wildflowers on the other hand, don’t bloom for […]

Autumn Sage Loves the Autumn

Autumn is in the air and it’s a great time to plant some autumn sage – a low water perennial with lovely flowers that will grow in most of the Southwest. Autumn Sage The name says it! The autumn sage (Salvia greggii) blooms in autumn and even beyond – making it great for some low water seasonal color.  Yes it is native.  From the Chihuahuan Desert, meaning it can stand […]