Plant of the Week 07/31/2020

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Zone 7-11 Woody stems are covered in pine needle like foliage that is used in a wide variety of dishes. Beautiful, petite blue flowers cover this plant from late summer to fall. Plant in full sun and water occasionally once established. A moderate grower that can reach 4' tall and wide. Tends to grow round if not trimmed. Plant in full sun for best growth, but can tolerate part shade. Keeps foliage year round. Adapts to a wide variety of soils. Looks best as a single specimen or when several are planted to form a hedge.

Best of Santa Fe 2020

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Weekly Tip 07/28/2020

Much like our our needs for daily light, meeting a plant’s sun requirements can mean the difference between a lush, mature garden, and a garden where the plants are unable to reach their full potential. Our knowledgeable staff at Desert Rose always strive to make your landscape look as great as it can by placing plants in the proper sunlight to maximize your plant’s growth. Have more questions about proper plant placement? Contact us at for more information.

Question of the Week 07/25/2020

Q: I have a hosta that is getting too much sun and it is not doing good. What are my options? A: There are a coupling of things that can be done. You can transplant the hosta into a more shaded area, but transplanting always carries the risk of the plant going into shock and possible dying. The other option is to plant a larger shrub or small tree in order to provide shade for the hosta.

Plant of the Week 07/24/2020

Silver Buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea Zone3-8 Thin, silver-blue foliage gives this shrub its stand out look. Female plants produce bright red berries that are edible (just don’t eat too many) and can be used to make jelly or wine. Male plants produce flowers that don't have petals. Berries also attract birds. A hardy shrub but does better with regular watering. Be mindful of thorns that grow on the branches. This is a unique shrub that can pull nitrogen from the air and convert it to a usable fertilizer for the plant.Plant close together to form a hedge.

Weekly Tip 07/21/2020

A lot of plants have some flexibility in sunlight requirements, such as columbines, which can be planted in partial to full sun. With this in mind, Desert Rose owner/operator Phil Madrid decided to carry out an experiment to see the difference in performance if a plant with a full sun requirement (Karl forester grass) is planted in full sun, part shade, and shade. A plant’s sunlight requirement is related to how the plant can use the sun to create food for itself (remember photosynthesis from grade school?). All plants require at least some light, as indirect as it may be, in order to grow and thrive to the best of its abilities. With this brief review of plant life in mind, let’s look a

Weekly Tip 07/14/2020

As our days continue to lengthen and we enjoy more sunlit hours, we are going to talk about the importance of plant placement in relation to sunlight requirements. Plants usually come with a tag or instructions that states the amount of sunlight the plant needs. The sunlight requirements are usually broken down into four categories: - full sun (6+ hours of direct sun) - partial sun (3-6 hours of direct sun) - partial shade (3-6 hours of sun but protection from mid-day sun) - full shade (less than 3 hours of direct sun)

Question of the Week 07/11/2020

Q: My leaves are getting holes in them and seem to be getting eaten but I don’t know from what. Is there something I can put on them or spray them with to help deter this? A: One of the best natural, safe ways to take care of this is to spread diatomaceous earth on the leaves of the plant. Make sure you wear a dust mask to prevent you from inhaling the dust. The powder is made from fossilized remains of tiny organism that lived in the ocean. The powder feels like flour, but is actually sharp and jagged and kills soft body bugs upon ingestion. The downside is it must be spread every time it rains or washes off and it can change the look of your yard by having your plants covered in what

Plant of the Week 07/10/2020

Dragon's Blood Stonecrop Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' Zone 3-9 Small red flowers rise above bright green foliage in late summer to create a beautiful contrast of textures and colors. This plant really stand out when it is planted near rock gardens or borders, where the foliage will majestically cascade over the rocks. The green succulent foliage turns a deep burgundy red as the temperature drops in the fall. Semi evergreen. Plant in part to full sun and in well drained soil. Water regularly for best growth, but be careful to not over-water. A fast grower that can quickly reach 6" tall and 24" wide. his plant is surprisingly edible but has a bitter taste unless it is cooked.

How To Properly Plant Pots

Happy July from Desert Rose! This month we begin with part one of a two part blog about how to properly plant pots. We will cover many commonly asked questions, from choosing a pot to how to design them, so that your beautiful pots can look as professional as possible. Properly planted pots can create a finished look in a yard by adding a lot of bright colors and blooms. Pots come in all shapes and sizes, and can range in price from $25-$2500. When purchasing pots, the decision is ultimately up to your personal preference. Just remember that every pot needs a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. If you find a pot you love but it does not have a drainage hole, don't worry as it can easil

Weekly Tip 07/01/2020

If you have bad allergies to chamisas or male junipers and they are on your property, it might be worth it to have them completely removed and replace with something more allergy friendly. Also, if you have bad allergies to wild grasses keep them short as not allowing them time to grow tall and fully mature will prevent their pollen sacs from being released all over your yard. Although we can't guarantee the wind won't blow in pollen from neighboring yards, you can still have a low allergy landscape that you can enjoy with reduced amount of pollen coming from your yard. Have more questions about allergen-friendly gardening? Contact your local experts at Desert Rose for more information!

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