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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...
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,...
Great Design Plant: Coral Bark Japanese Maple, a Winter Standout
Sometimes we want a little drama in the garden — something unusual, a plant with the power to stand on its own. Few four-season plants can compare with coral bark Japanese maple. With fiery red stems that stand out in the winter landscape, this variety...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
Great Design Plant: Cascalote Tree for Sunny Southwestern Style
While it is fun to pronounce the name of this small to medium-size tree (cas-cah-LOH-tay), the real attraction lies in its yellow flowers and unique foliage. Beginning in the fall and continuing into winter, this tree is transformed when...
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