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 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

Deciduous vs Evergreen Trees

    What kind of tree is right for your needs? Just about daily, people come into the nursery looking for a tree that’ll keep its leaves year-round, based on the assumption that deciduous trees are messier and because they look dead in the wintertime. What these folks don't usually realize is that evergreen trees can actually

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

How to Save Money Watering Your Lawn- 5 Easy Tips

At the nursery, I’ve found that there’s a pretty quick tell that indicates I’m talking to someone with a lawn. As soon as I tell them that they need to increase the water to their trees and shrubs, they look horrified and make a comment about how high their water bill is already. “You have

Summer Watering for Trees and Shrubs in Las Vegas

How long and how often should you be watering your trees and shrubs in the summertime if you live in the desert?  The answer may surprise you.   [caption id=attachment_78 align=alignleft width=264] Image courtesy of Scott Nelson via Flickr[/caption] By far and away, the most common issue that I run into at the nursery has to do with