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  • Cool Coneflowers for Hot Gardens

    Coneflowers - Echinacea Coneflowers have long been a summertime favorite of gardeners, birds and butterflies. They are low water plants that are great for waterwise gardening. And, they thrive in the summer heat. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the flower nectar. They make great - long, lasting cut flowers to bring indoors [...] Read Full Article
  • Waterwise Garden Design

    Full Sun Project Project time: 1 day Shopping List: 4 – Glazed pots 36 inch wide or bigger 4 – 3 gallon Phormium 2 – 1 gallon Verbena bonariensis 2 – 1 gallon Euphorbia 4 – 1 gallon Rudbeckia 10 – 4 inch Gazania 10 – 4 inch Armeria 2 – 1 gallon Asclepias 1 – [...] Read Full Article
  • Five Waterwise Flowers

    Your yard doesn't have to look like the desert landscape to have a low-maintenance and waterwise garden. You can have a garden that is full of beautiful summer flowering plants that is waterwise. These 5 plants will bloom year after year requiring little maintenance.   Coneflower - This hearty perennial is a [...] Read Full Article
  • Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Peppers - How Hot are They? The Scoville Scale, named for it's creator Wilbur Scoville, measures the heat of peppers and other spicy foods. Some peppers such as bell peppers are quite mild with nearly no heat, while others like the Banana pepper have a mild amount of heat. Want [...] Read Full Article
  • Stunningly Beautiful Waterwise Gardens

    For some inspiration on making a garden that beautiful and low-water check out the gallery below. Learn about other Waterwise Plants and Tips > Looking for ideas? Checkout our Pinterest page > Read Full Article
  • High/Low - Like the Look? Here's the low-water version! Part 2

    In the second installment of our high/low series, we offer more low-water alternatives for popular plants. Combine these water-thrifty plants for any garden look you want—California cottage, French formal, Tuscan countryside, Moroccan exotic. It’s all about the plants you choose and how you combine them that create the waterwise version of [...] Read Full Article
  • Lush and Colorful Waterwise Plants

    Low-water doesn’t have to be desert-like We’ve all seen well-meaning, but dreary, low-water landscapes. The only color is gray or gray-green, and plants look brittle and bone-dry. But waterwise gardens can be so much more—vibrant, colorful and yes, even lush-looking. Here are 48 water-thrifty plants that will add beauty and vibrancy to [...] Read Full Article
  • Simple Succulent Container

    Sun Project Project time: 15 minutes Put together this simple and easy succulent container for yourself or as a gift. Add a seashell from your recent trip to the beach to personalize it. Fill the container 2/3 full of Cactus and Succulent Potting soil. Remove the succulents from their pots (mix and match [...] Read Full Article
  • National Blueberry Month

    Blueberry Month July is National Blueberry Month. It's a great time to celebrate this super fruit! Plant blueberries in your garden and you can pick fresh blueberries for all your summer entertaining.   Benefits of Growing Blueberries Blueberries have many benefits. They are a wonderful landscape plant. They have bell-shaped white flowers in the [...] Read Full Article
  • Home-Grown Caprese Salad

    Enjoy the fruits of the garden with this easy to make fresh, bite size caprese salad. The perfect appetizer or salad for summer cookouts. Ingredients Sweet 100 or Cherry Tomatoes Fresh Basil Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Olive Oil Fresh Cracked Pepper Toothpicks   Directions Pick the cherry tomatoes from your garden, or in a bind cherry tomatoes from the store, and [...] Read Full Article
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