native plants, plant care, plant selection, Uncategorized

Hot plants for hot spots: plants that THRIVE instead of just SURVIVE the heat!

I'm looking for plants for the west side of the house.  I have already planted some variegated boxwoods and I'm looking to fill in the rest of the beds with something that would spread (groundcover?) and hopefully give white flowers.  I tried Azaleas, and only 2 out of 20 survived.  (I also realize now that… Continue reading Hot plants for hot spots: plants that THRIVE instead of just SURVIVE the heat!

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landscape design, plant selection

Pool problems: my head is swimming trying to decide WHAT to put behind my pool!

Charlene from Texas writes: "Hey, we have a spot behind the pool that gets only a few hours of LATE afternoon, intense sunlight.  Any suggestions?  We have nandina on one side and lorapetalums on the other with wax myrtles behind all. I'd love abelia but hubby thinks that won't get enough sun.  Thanks!" When a… Continue reading Pool problems: my head is swimming trying to decide WHAT to put behind my pool!