Question of the Week 06/29/2019

Q: I noticed aphids on my roses - can you guys come and spray them? A: We do not spray plants but we recommend using Garden Safe insecticidal soap which can be purchased at most of the local nurseries and hardware stores for around $7. If you have any other comments, concerns, or questions, please feel free to contact us!

Plant of the Week 06/28/2019

Veronica liwanesis (Turkish Speedwell) - Zone 4-8 Petite, cobalt-blue flowers cover the small green foliage during the summer to create this breathtaking ground cover. A fast grower that can spread 12" wide and 1-2 inches tall. When spaced properly, Turkish Speedwell can be used to create a beautiful sea of blue between flagstone patios or pathways. Flowers attract butterflies and are deer resistant. Plant in full sun and water regularly for best results.

Transformation Tuesday 06/25/2019

Today, we take a look at a property that had a gravel walkway lined with bricks and wild vegetation for the front yard. Our clients wanted something lush but low maintenance with a clear cut flagstone pathway from the gate to the front door. We started by removing the gravel pathway and brick, then worked our way through removing all the wild vegetation. The dirt was raked and leveled out. Next, we planted pink Texas Sage, Catmint, Blue Mist Spirea, Russian Sage and Mugo Pines, as well as several types of grasses. All the plants selected have different bloom times, so this yard will have color from spring to fall. In addition to all these plants, we also installed an irrigation system. For t

Question of the Week 06/22/2019

Q: I was looking at my aspen trees and noticed large webbing on a few branches. What is that and what do I do? A: Tent caterpillars are terrible pests that can quickly eat the leaves of any tree they appear on. There is usually between 150-400 eggs in the egg-sac; those eggs quickly mature into adults within 6 weeks. They leave behind unsightly webs and are a major nuisance. You will need to contact a tree company since we do not spray chemicals in trees. If you prefer to do it yourself the best course of action is to go to a local nursery and purchase either B.T. (bacillus thuringiensis), Spinosad, or AzaMax. Follow the directions on the package and spray directly on the web and all surroun

Plant of the Week 06/21/2019

Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst' - Zone 4-8 Blue-green foliage gives a beautiful backdrop for the vibrant yellow flowers of this compact shrub. Looks best when planted in rows to create an informal hedge or as a companion plant to blue mist spireas. Plant in partial to full sun and water regularly. Can tolerate most soils but prefers loamy soil that is well drained. Deer and rabbit resistant. Drought tolerant once established. A moderate grower than can reach 2-3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Blooms in midsummer turn into ornamental red fruit in the fall. Prune in late winter for a cleaner looking plant.

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Transformation Tuesday 06/18/2019

Our clients had two simple requests: vines growing above the wall for privacy and flagstone steps to connect the front yard and the backyard. We designed a low maintenance, yet colorful and lush xeric yard for the client to enjoy. A dry river bed was placed to ensure all the water over flowing from the rain barrels would be transported outside of the yard. Trumpet vines and wisteria were used to create the privacy the client desired. A clump of aspens were planted in the corner for height and several low grow fragrant sumac were added for low vegetation. Groupings of Russian sage, blue mist spireas and moonlight brooms help add vibrant color to the yard. Irrigation was installed to help with

Question of the Week 06/15/2019

Q: I want landscape lighting in my backyard but I don’t know where to start. Do you design and install landscape lighting? A: We sure do! The type of landscape lights will depend on what you are looking to accomplish. A spot/flood light can give water features, trees and other focal points a dramatic appearance at night. Path lights can illuminate pathways and patio areas so you can easily see where you are walking and adds a touch of elegance to your yard. A combination of both types of lights can transform your yard into a great entertaining area. Give us a call to set up an appointment so we can see what type of lights work best for you!

Plant of the Week 06/14/2019

Perovskia atriplicfolia - Zone 4-9 Also known as Russian Sage, clusters of wispy lavender-blue flowers cover tall, white stems to create a unique shrub that will add a distinct beauty to any yard. Plant in full sun and water regularly for best growth. A moderate grower that can reach 4 feet tall. This plant sends out clone shoots (a.k.a. suckers) that can quickly spread the plant into unwanted areas. If a tidy look is desired pull or clip the clone shoots as soon as they pop up or plant in an area that you do not mind if it spreads. Deer, pest and disease resistant. Does well in any well drained soil. Waterwise and can tolerate shorter periods of drought. Cut back to 1/3 of plants height in

Transformation Tuesday 07/11/2019

Our client wanted the same relaxing, welcoming yard as the front but with more plants. We started off with removing the old the flagstone patio and saved some pieces for the pathway. We planted thyme just like the front and kept the plants and design quite similar (yarrows, catmint and coneflowers), but added some lavenders, agastache and aspens. The added height from the aspen allows the yard to feel larger. Our client wanted an apple tree right next to the water feature - who doesn't like hearing the relaxing sound of water while harvesting a fresh apple? The petrified log and clay pottery adds an elegance to the yard to create the exact final look our client was looking for. We hope you e

Question of the Week 06/08/2019

"Why, you wascally wabbit!" Q: Rabbits keep eating my plants! Is there anything I can do to stop them? A: Rabbits can often be a big problem since they enjoy eating the tender vegitation of growing plants. The good news is there are a few of things you can do to help reduce the amount of damage they can bring. The first recommendation is to go to a local nursery and buy a deer/rabbit spray. The spray is often made with sulfur, cayenne peppers, and putrefied eggs, but be warned, it smells terrible! If that does not work, the nurseries also sell a spray that is mixed with coyote urine. It can make the rabbits think there is a coyote in the area and can help deter them from your yard. If none o

06/07/2019

Chrysanthemum x superbum - Zone 4-9 Large white flowers with a golden center are lifted high above the thick, green foliage to create the classic look of a daisy. A fast grower that can reach up to 3 feet tall when planted in full sun and watered regularly. Plant in well drainage soil. Blooms summer to fall, prune spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Moderately drought resistant and easy to care for. Blooms are long lasting, strong flowers that wont get damaged by summer rains. As an added bonus cut flowers can be placed in a vase and add beauty to the interior of your home as well.

Transformation Tuesday 06/04/2019

Our client had a flagstone patio that was nice but they wanted a more welcoming, warm, and relaxing environment. We completely removed the flagstone patio, but saved a few of the pieces to use as flagstone steps. The client wanted thyme growing between the steps and bark spread throughout the yard. For added color we planted yellow moonshine yarrows, sangria (red) yarrows, blue mist spireas, low grow catmint and red/pink coneflowers. Lastly we added an oak tree, irrigation, and a water feature to complete the final look and feel. Have a wonderful and beautiful Tuesday!

Take Care of Those Roses: How To Treat Them Right

Desert Rose is excited to feature seasonal rose care in our June blog. Rose care can seem complicated, so we will go over basic seasonal rose care so you can maximize blooms and overall health of your rose bushes. There are thousands of different varieties of roses with some needing different care than others, but there are some standard tips that can be used on most of them. In general, roses are heavy feeders, so fertilizing is a must in order to give your roses the nutrients they need to perform their best. Roses also enjoy deep, healthy watering 2-3 times a week depending on the weather. Do not allow roses to sit in water drenched soils for long periods of time. Over watering can kill mo

Question of the Week 01/01/2019

Q: What is the best way to train vines to grow on a trellis? A: When you buy a vine from the nursery, it usually comes with three bamboo sticks to help the vine grow upward. The first thing to do after planting the vine is to take the bamboo sticks out and carefully weave each individual vine strand through a trellis that you would install in different directions. By spreading the strands through the trellis, it will help the vine fill out the trellis faster. Send us any and all questions you have!

Plant of the Week 05/31/2019

Laitris spicata 'Kobold' - Zone 4-9 Wispy, light-purple flowers cover the large green stalks on this stunning perrenial. The thin green foliage resembles the leaves of an Easter Lily. A moderate grower that can reach 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Plant in well drained soil and full sun for best results. Deer resistant and fairly easy to care for. Water regularly until established, but can tolerate mild droughts. Blooms during the summer months. As the plant ages, divide into clumps every 3 years in the spring.

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