Question of the Week 09/28/19

Q: I planted geraniums in my outdoor pots this year and was wondering if I can I bring them inside to keep them alive over the winter? A: Yes! We have a client who has had the same geraniums for well over 20 years! Geraniums are great plants that can be moved indoors during colder months and brought outdoors during the warm months. We don’t recommend transplanting them every several months,. Instead use a smaller pot that is easy to move or use a dolly to transport larger pots indoors. Just make sure to place them near a window that will get plenty of sun!

Plant of the Week 09/27/19

Pow Wow ® Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea Zone 3-9 Beautiful purple-pink flowers explode from early summer into fall with this compact echinacea. These unique flowers resist fading and keep their vibrant color for a long time. A fast grower that can quickly reach 20" tall and 16" wide. Plant in full sun and in well drained soil. Tolerates moderate drought once established. Prune spent flowers to promote blooms. Prune old foliage in fall or spring and fertilize regularly for best growth.

Transformation Tuesday 09/24/19

We were directed to design and landscape a side courtyard off of the master bedroom. Our client didn’t have any special instructions except that she wanted something that would eliminate the dirt and mud from the yard. The house had an existing flagstone pathway to the master bedroom as well as a flagstone entryway to the guest room. Phil designed a large flagstone patio that would eliminate the dirt and mud, as well as connect the master bedroom to the guest room for easy accessibility from outside. We got the same color of flagstone and got to work. The first step was to start cutting the flagstone to fit the area. Once the cuts were made, the mossrock was brought in to create the border.

Question of the Week 09/21/19

Q: I noticed these bumps on the branches of my aspens. What is it and will it damage my tree? A: Those bumps are called galls. They are caused by the poplar twiggall fly which lays eggs in developing twigs. The twigs essentially grow over the eggs and begin to swell. As the larvae grows, so does the bump. Eventually the larvae matures and gets out of gall, but the bump and distorted growth is permanent. Even though the bumps can look bad, they are purely aesthetic and do not damage the health of the tree. They are often noticed in fall as the leaves fall off and expose the branches of the aspen.

Plant of the Week 09/20/19

Jackman Clematis - Clematis Jackmanii Zone 4-9 Stunning deep purple flowers appear from summer to early fall on this beautiful climbing vine. Clematis vines need a trellis or some kind of support to wrap themselves around since they are a non-clinging vine. Be very careful whenever training the vine since it is very fragile and has a tendency to snap fairly easy. Plant in full to part sun. A fast grower that can quickly reach 15' tall. Remove spent blooms to promote continuous blooming. Cut back in late winter a few inches from the ground for a cleaner look and healthier growth.

Transformation Tuesday 09/17/19

This particular Transformation Tuesday had a new wall and fire pit put up in the front yard and our client wanted some landscaping done to create a beautiful getaway in their front yard. The client wanted a flagstone patio with large spacing between each flagstone - with this design feature, Turkish Speedwell could be planted between the gaps. They also wanted a water feature in the corner and a raised flowerbed surrounding the area. The first step was to trench the footing for the landscape block to ensure a solid foundation for the block. Next was to level out the dirt. We ran the main irrigation tubing to the soon to be raised beds and dug out a holding pond for the water feature's reserv

Question of the Week 09/14/19

Q: What is wrong with my aspen leaf? A: That is an aspen leaf miner. It’s a small bug that lays eggs inside of an aspen leaf. As the larvae begins to grow, it starts to feed off of the chlorophyll. Although the leaf might have some discoloration and damage, it will not harm the entire tree - only that leaf. It isn’t something to worry about since they are almost never found in large numbers. No treatment is necessary.

Plant of the Week 09/13/19

Rose of Sharon Hibiscus Syriacus Zone 5-9 Dense, green foliage gives way to beautiful, bi-colored flowers that bloom all summer long. Flowers have a red circle in the middle and are either white, pink, or purple. Expect bees and hummingbirds to be a constant visitor with this plant in your yard. Rose of Sharon usually stays dormant until mid to late spring depending on your area so don’t worry if leaves are showing in early spring. A moderate grower that can reach 10' tall and 6' wide. Plant in full to part sun. Does well in most soils. Water regularly until established. Drought resistant. Prune in winter to shape and promote healthy growth in spring.

Transformation Tuesday 09/10/19

Our client in this Transformation Tuesday wanted a flagstone patio around the door to give their yard a more distinguished look. They had the flagstone which had already been cut into smaller pieces that we normally do not use on a patio. The first step was to level out the area, move a drain outside of the patio area, put a thick layer of crusher fines, and go over it several times with a jumping jack tamper. Next we created a custom moss rock border by cutting each moss rock to fit its neighbor. We then added a layer of sand to help with drainage and to level out the flagstone. The flagstone was cut to fit and the edges were chiseled by hand to give it a beautiful, polished look. Once the

Question of the Week 09/07/19

Q: What is the difference between pulling weeds and weed whacking them? A: Pulling weeds is the complete removal of the weed (roots and all) and provides a cleaner look to the area, but is also very labor intensive. Pulling weeds is ideal for flowerbeds and anywhere else you want to be completely weed free. Weed whacking is simply cutting the weeds with a string trimmer low to the ground (the weeds will still be a couple inches above the ground). Depending on the type of weed (grasses and perennial weeds) will eventually regenerate and will need to be weed wacked again. This is great for large areas where pulling weeds would be very costly.

Plant of the Week 09/06/19

Desert Sweet Fernbush Chamaebatiaria millefolium Zone 4-9 Clusters of white, fragrant flowers cover this beautiful native shrub from early to mid-summer. Finely textured, fern like foliage add to the uniqueness of this semi-evergreen shrub. The sweet smelling flowers attracts both bees and butterflies. The flowers change into bronze seed pods that help keep this shrubs interest into winter months. Plant in full sun and water regularly until the shrub is established. Can tolerate poor soils and is drought tolerant once mature. Can reach up to 8' tall and wide. Great when used as a single specimen, a privacy hedge or a windbreak. Deer resistant due to its fragrant foliage.

Planning Out Your Big Plants

Happy September from Desert Rose! In this month's blog we will be reviewing the importance of proper plant placement with regards to how big the plants will grow over the next 5 years. Gardeners can run the risk of overcrowding your plants and not letting the plant reach their full potential if their mature growth size is not taken into account when planting. With a little knowledge, you can prevent your yard from turning into a jungle. When shopping for greenery, most plants are sold in either a #1, #3, or #5 containers. The size of the plant's container does not always correlate to the size the plant will grow. If you buy a #1 container Butterfly Bush and plant it in front of a #1 contain

Transformation Tuesday 09/03/19

Our client wanted their driveway defined with a moss rock border and wanted something done to make the house look finished and welcoming. We started trenching the area where the moss rock border was going to go and began placing and cutting the moss rock to fit the curved driveway. Once that was done we focused on smoothing out the drainage canal so we can turn it into a dry river bed. Next, we planted two Russian Sage and two Chamisas to create a beautiful purple and golden yellow color scheme. Metal edging was added to define the area we were going to gravel and separated it from the wild grass seed we spread in the dirt area. We laid down weed barrier and graveled the upper area first. A

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