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

Great Medium Sized Trees for Las Vegas

  A medium-sized tree, something that grows between 20’ and 40’ high, can be the perfect solution for casting cooling shade over a two-story house and a large lot, assuming that it’s been properly placed. It should be 20’ or more from the home, walls or other structures, as well as from you property line.

How to Talk to Nursery Folk

  I love identifying plants for people, mostly because it makes me feel smart, but also because I genuinely like to see people excited about adding something new to their landscape. About half the time they’ll bring in a picture or a cutting from a tree or shrub that they’ve seen around town, which admittedly

How To Stake A Tree Like A Pro

  Let me start by making one thing perfectly clear, please. I love good landscape contractors. In fact, I straight up worship and adore those who make it their business to know their business. A landscaper who goes to the trouble to do things right is worth the weight of their truck in gold. A landscaper who does

How to Grow Crazy Sexy Bougainvillea in Las Vegas

  Ah, bougainvillea. People seem to either love this plant or hate it, and their feelings are usually based on whether or not they’ve ever had to take care of one before. They are, after all, gorgeous when they’re in bloom, putting on a brilliant and eye-catching display of color all summer long. Trouble is,

Plant Shaming for Fun!

  I feel like we need to talk about bad pruning again, guys. Because here's the thing: I'm not even really having to look for this stuff at all. It just kind of jumps out at you when you're least expecting it and it could happen pretty much anywhere in Vegas, as far as I can tell.

7 Things You Should Know About Gardening In Las Vegas

I’m really only half-joking when I say that gardening in Las Vegas is like gardening on Mars. We have brutal summers where the temperature regularly tops 110°, while our winter nights dip well below freezing at least a couple of times a year. I once heard a soil expert on NPR compare our soil