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When you first see a desert willow tree (Chilopsis linearis), you can't help but notice its beautiful flowers, which make it a popular choice for warm-climate gardeners. Whether you grow it as a tree or as a large shrub, desert willow will add beauty to your summer landscape.
How to Keep Your Citrus Trees Well Fed and Healthy
Growing citrus trees is incredibly rewarding, especially when you bite into a delicious slice of sweet, tangy fruit. Maybe oranges are your favorite...
How to Grow 10 Favorite Fruit Trees at Home
There’s no denying that the sweetest fruits are those picked off the tree at the peak of ripeness, whether it’s a bunch of cherries you’ve chased the birds away from; a peach so juicy, you have to bend over to avoid staining your clothes; or a crisp...
11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form
The mere sight of a well-grown Japanese maple evokes mental images of tranquility and mysticism unlike any other plant. These versatile trees are equally at home in the courtyards of a weathered Japanese temple and a contemporary urban high-rise. With...
8 Reasons to Plant a Great Tree
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than by planting a tree in your garden or on a neighborhood street? Trees help mitigate heat-island effects by providing shade for streets and parking areas, add to the value of a property, provide habitat, cool...
If You Have Room for Only One Fruit Tree ...
Few things that you can do in the garden are more satisfying than growing your own fruit. But what if your space or time is limited? Based on my personal taste, and with a mild-climate slant, here are some choices when you have room for only one fruit...
Grow Plum Hybrids for Your Favorite Fruit Flavors
There’s been a proliferation of plum hybrids, crosses between plums and other stone fruits, over the past few decades. Plumcots led the way, but apriums and pluots rapidly gained acceptance. These days you can find peach-plum, nectarine-plum and cherry-plum...
How to Grow Your Own Juicy Plums
If you’re new to growing fruit trees and a little worried about their care needs, a plum might be the way to go. Compared to other fruit trees, they can handle a little less water, and they aren’t as apt to be bothered by pests and diseases. This...
How to Grow Your Own Luscious Cherries
A cherry tree adds beauty to your landscape and deliciousness to your dishes. Cherries are quick to produce, setting ripe fruit not long after their blossoms appear, especially in comparison to the other stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines, plums...
How to Grow Your Own Persimmons
Japanese or Asian persimmons (Diospyros kaki) shine in the fall, but there are more reasons to consider these fruit trees for your garden. They’re not too tall, usually reaching about 30 feet in height and spread, and can be espaliered to take...
Great Design Plant: Sabal Palm Enchants in Balmy Sites
If there’s one plant that instantly conjures up the image of the warm and balmy bliss of Florida and the coastal South, it would be sabal palm. Both Florida and South Carolina proudly claim it as their state tree, and it appears in vacation photos taken...
How to Grow Your Own European and Asian Pears
The long-lived pear tree offers beauty and bounty at the same time. It’s a beautiful tree, boasting spring blossoms, fall color and interesting winter branches. European pears are the better-known members of the pear family, but Asian pears (also known...
Why Grow Quince? For Beauty, Fragrance and Old-Time Flavor
Everyone knows apples and pears. But the quince — now that’s something different. It’s a member of the same family grouping, known as pome fruits, with many of the same characteristics, including beautiful pale pink or white spring flowers; rich,...
Warm Up Your Home With an Evergreen Windbreak
Planting a windbreak is a commitment to the future, a means of energy conservation as part of a sustainable lifestyle. Yet the rewards are also immediate. Maturing plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and make outdoor spaces more livable year-round....
How to Add an Apple Tree to Your Edible Garden
Eating an apple a day is easy to do when you grow them in your yard. Apple trees are one of the most readily available fruit trees, with varieties for almost any region and climate. They’re also beautiful landscape trees, with fragrant spring blossoms,...
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