10 No Fail Perennials for Low Water Gardens

No matter where you live, being water wise is the smart way to garden. And if you live in drought stricken or prone areas, it's a must. While I love a gorgeous hydrangea, and roses are amazing, there are plenty of flowering plants that don't suck down our water resources. These ten no fail perennials for low water gardens fit the bill, are gorgeous as stand alone plants, and come back every year! … [Read more...]

Palm Springs: Lessons in Texture, Beauty and Form

A few weeks ago my technical director (Steve, for those of you who haven't caught that yet) and I took a quick trip down to lovely Palm Springs to check out...well, Palm Springs! But while we were there, we visited a lot of gardening sites that inspired me, and I thought I'd bring back a few lessons for all of you. (And a surprise!) First of all, summer is “off” season in Palm Springs. Why? … [Read more...]

How to Give Your Desert Backyard Southwestern Flair

Let’s face it, the Southwestern Backyard is not the same as any other backyard. Try to plant a nice lawn, and you cultivate an expanse of brown crusty dead stuff. Or you will run up a water bill worthy of an Olympic swimming pool. So how in the world do you make the most of what the desert offers to you? What can make the Southwestern Backyard special? Let’s just give it a shot! Come with me to … [Read more...]

Best Drought Tolerant Garden Plants

Most areas of the country are seeing a big change in the way we plant a garden. Water is becoming more and more a precious commodity and most gardeners are trying to find ways to plant a drought tolerant garden. Planting your garden with drought resistant plants doesn’t have to be limited to flowers that look like bracken most of the year, or cacti and succulents that hardly speak to your need for … [Read more...]