Question of the Week 08/31/2019

Q: How low should my grass be cut? A: Whenever we mow a lawn at one of our properties, we have our lawn mowers set to cut the grass down to 3-3.5". By keeping the grass around this height, it helps promote root growth, helps keep the water from evaporating fast, and helps reduce weeds by preventing new sprouts from getting enough direct sunlight!

Plant of the Week 08/30/2019

Hollyhock Alcea rosea 'Nigra' Zone 3-8 Blackish-purple flowers cover the tall stalks on this summertime stunner. Large green leaves create a beautiful base for this perennial. Blooms will bring lots of bees due to the heavy pollen. A fast grower that can quickly reach 8' tall and 2' wide. For best growth plant in full sun, but will tolerate part shade. Cut stalk once done blooming to prevent the seeds from spreading, or allow seeds to drop for lots of hollyhocks the following year. Small hairs on the plant can irritate skin. Prune leaves in late fall to prevent a safe haven for pests.

Transformation Tuesday 08/27/2019

The client at this house had an area between the road and an arching driveway that was in need of T.L.C. There were also culverts and a dirt channel that was running along the road that added to the eyesore. Our client wanted something that would add curb appeal to his house, while being low maintenance. Phil decided on this simple, yet beautiful design to fulfill the clients needs - we started off by slightly sloping the area to give it a smoother appearance. Several low grow Sumac, Brake Light Yuccas, Russian sage, and Lavenders were planted for a good mix of added colors and textures to the area. We laid weed barrier and used 5/8" Sunset Rose gravel to greatly contrast the 7/8" Santa Fe B

Question of the Week 08/24/2019

Q: My agastache is a weird greenish-yellow color. It wasn’t like that last year. What is going on? A: What you are dealing with in the picture is more than likely an iron deficiency. Iron is an essential element for plant growth and helps give plants their healthy green color. Adding some iron to the soil should help correct the nutrient deficiency and the leaf color should go back to normal within a couple of weeks. Have a question that you need answered? Send them our way!

Plant of the Week 08/23/2019

Northwind Switch Grass Panicum virgatum Zone 4-9 Petite, airy seed heads rise above the blue green grass blades on this great looking grass. Expect dramatic golden foliage in the fall that can last through the winter, even under light amounts of snow. A moderate grower that can reach 6' tall and 3' wide. Plant in full to partial sun and water regularly. Prefers moist soils but adaptable to most soil types. Cut back in early spring before new growth emerges for best growth. Attracts birds seeking protection inside the grass during winter months.

Transformation Tuesday 08/20/2019

This transformation Tuesday was a big one. Our client already had a functioning, landscaped yard, however, the way the yard was designed made the space appear smaller and on top of it all, the cement pathways and stairs were also chipping. Our goals were to redo the yard into something that would make the yard feel a lot bigger as well as not letting the plants overtake the space. We started by jack hammering the cement pathways out and removing all the debris. The next step was to remove the bark and all the plants the client didn’t want to keep. The biggest things making the yard feel small were the overgrown pine shrubs that blocked the view to the end of the yard. One was removed the oth

Question of the Week 08/17/2019

This week's question is super appropriate as Santa Fe had a bumper season of apricots! Q: Why are my apricots still small and green when my neighbors are already ripe? A: There are several factors that can lead to slow fruit production of an apricot tree, such as: Is the tree getting enough sun? How often is the tree being watered for and how long? Is the tree being fertilized with high phosphorus fertilizer during fruit production? If all of these are being done then it is possible that your tree is genetically slower at producing fruit, but it might be worth the wait!

Plant of the Week 08/16/2019

Lena Scotch Broom Cytisus x 'Lena' Zone 6-9 Beautiful yellow and red pea like blooms cover the slim, green stems of the stunning bloomer. Covered in blooms from spring to early summer, this perennial will continue to stun year after year. Plant in full sun and well drained soils for best results. Deer resistant, waterwise and easy to care for. A moderate grower that can reach 4' tall and wide. Prune after finished blooming for a neater looking shrub.

Transformation Tuesday 08/13/2019

Our client had a couple requests for their yard prior to designing it. For starters, they wanted a yard that was easy to maintain and a large tree needed to be planted to provide some shade for the yard. With this in mind, we began designing the yard. The tree that was chosen is a hardy variety of the Oklahoma Red Bud, which is prized for its bloom in the spring. We began by clearing out the weeds and leveling out the dirt. We re-did the moss rock flowerbed with cut-to-fit moss rock for a cleaner look. A moss rock flower bed connecting the two previous flowerbed as a main focal point was added to made it more colorful. Agastache, Catmint, Blue Mist Spireas, Lavender, and Yarrows for the colo

Question of the Week 08/10/2019

Q: My hollyhock leaves are turning yellow from the bottom and falling off, what is wrong with it? A: If you notice your hollyhocks bottom leaves turning yellow and then falling off it is more than likely a nutrient deficiency. The plant is pulling nitrogen from the bottom leaves in order to have enough nitrogen to help the new plant growth on top. Add some nitrogen rich fertilizer to the hollyhock and it should help correct this problem. The bottom leaves may not change back but it will prevent the hollyhock from pulling more nitrogen from the bottom leaves.

Plant of the Week 08/09/2019

Strawberry clover Zone 3-9 Beautiful strawberry-shaped flowers explode against slightly variegated green leaves to create this unique looking plant. Clover belongs to the legume family which means this plant can pull nitrogen from the air and make it into a usable form for this and surrounding plants. A great cover crop for vegetable gardens can also be used below fruit trees to aid in nitrogen fertilization. Blooms in spring and again in summer. Produces lots viable seeds so prune spent flowers to prevent spreading. Plant in full sun for best results but can handle part sun as well. Adapts to a wide variety of soils. Cut back to a few inches in the fall. A fast grower that can quickly rea

Transformation Tuesday 08/06/2019

Our client had a completely empty yard and had complete faith in us it with no special instructions - whatever Phil wanted was ok with the client. Now THAT'S trust. :) We went to work removing the weeds and leveling out the yard. Phil wanted to hide as much of the wall as he could using colorful plants. We planted several varieties of Holly Hocks and Butterfly bushes for maximum color. Continuing with the trend, Agastache, Potentillas, Catmints, Pineleaf Penstemons, Blue Mist Spireas, Powis Castles and Tickseed were planted for color and texture. We also planted Hall's Honeysuckle on a trellis next to the house to have vegitation that was easy to control and would not damage the stucco. Last

Options For Corner Plantings

Happy August from Desert Rose! While many view this month as the start of fall, but summer does not actually end for another month and a half! We still have lots of planting time left, so this month's blog will review some of the options you have with regards to corner plantings. Corner plantings can be a tricky task since the plant or tree can only get a certain size before it starts rubbing against the stucco of your house or wall. This not only damages the plant but your structure as well. But never fear - there are trees that are specially bred to be thin and tall for these situations. On that note, welcome to the world of columnar trees! These trees are great for corners, small spaces b

Question of the Week 08/03/2019

Q: My trumpet vines are attracting a lot of ants. Is this because the plant has aphids also? A: Trumpet vines attract many different types of insects, butterflies, hummingbirds, and unfortunately ants and aphids. The flower on the trumpet vine produces a sweet nectar that ants also enjoy. If the ants are a problem consider spraying barrier ant spray around the plant to prevent the ants from getting to it. Let us know if you are curious about other landscaping/plant questions!

Plant of the Week 08/02/2019

Terra Cotta Yarrow Achillea millefolium 'Terra Cotta' Zone 3-9 Greenish-blue fern shaped leaves create a beautiful backdrop to the peach-orange colored flowers on this uncommon yarrow. The flowers on Terra Cotta Yarrow seem to last longer than other varieties. Flower starts off peach orange, then fades to a terra cotta color, then finishes off with a pale yellow similar to a moonshine yarrow. Can handle a variety of soil types as long as it is planted in full sun. Once established, water only occasionally. A moderate grower that can reach 3' tall and 5' wide. Divide clumps every 3 years. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds.

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