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Great Groundcovers for Full Sun in Las Vegas

In response to a request by a very patient reader in the comments section awhile back, I’m finally putting together a list of nice little groundcovers for full sun in Las Vegas. And by full sun I mean full freakin’ sun, guys. Think high-noon-on-the-Fourth-of-July-and-planted-in-decorative-rock full sun. Some stay green and some go down for

One Stands Alone

 A tribute to one very special Joshua Tree Is any other symbol of the Mojave Desert as instantly recognizable as the Joshua tree? They're arguably one of the most otherworldly elements of a landscape that's actually played other planets in the movies. And that, combined with the fact that they grow pretty much here and

Winter Flowers For Shade

  Got a shady spot where nothing seems to bloom? Try these winter flowers for bright color in areas that don't get a lot of sunlight.   Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium hortorum) 2’- 3’ high and wide You simply can’t go wrong with zonal geraniums in Vegas. Put them in a spot where they’ll get a little morning sun and

Winter Flowers For Full Sun

  Looking for some cheery winter flowers for a spot that gets full sun? These flowers will give you beautiful blooms throughout the winter months! Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) Standard varieties grow 12”- 18” H Dwarf varieties grow 6” – 8” H If you want long-lasting color for the Vegas climate, go for the snapdragons! Put these flower in as soon as

Plants That Smell Like Chocolate (Otherwise Known As Wonderful Plants)

Looking for plants that smell like chocolate and grow in Las Vegas? Here’s a list of plants that’ll give you the sweet aroma of chocolate in your yard or in your home!   Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) is a pretty little perennial with cocoa-colored flowers that offer a subtle chocolate fragrance when the blooms first open.

Plants Are People, Too

  Ok, they’re not people, but they certainly have a lot more in common with humans than most of us realize. I know it sounds sort of New Age-y, but the fact of the matter is that plants are living things and as such, there are some things they do that are more than a

Which Plants Want Spring Planting in Las Vegas?

  If you read the last post I wrote extolling the virtues of planting in the fall, it may seem that October is the only time to do any gardening, but the truth is, it’s not quite as simple as that. There are a few trees and shrubs that would prefer spring planting in Las