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

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.

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,

Somebody Needs to Have Their Loppers Taken Away…

It's that time of year again. Summertime is palm-pruning season, which means that we'll be seeing a lot of beautiful palm trees around town receiving some pretty bad haircuts by people who really should know better. Cutting palms back too far is bad for the tree and it looks positively awful, and yet every year there

Outstanding Small Trees for Las Vegas

The residential lots in Las Vegas are considerably smaller than what you’ll find in many other cities, which means that there’s not usually a lot of room for a giant tree in either the front or the backyard. A tree that comes in at no more than 20’ is probably one of the most common requests