Garden & Landscape

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Brilliant Color

Brilliant Color

Many mountain trees offer spectacular autumn colors, but glowing fall leaves light up only one of our four seasons. The best landscape trees shine in every growing season. Maples provide some of the best fall colors. Several are outstanding shade trees through summer, others a great source of sap for syrup, and the smallest flame maples have exceptional drought tolerance in a desert landscape. Tiny trees for tiny yards don’t take up much space. Most offer stellar autumn foliage, and their fragrant spring flowers are an added bonus.

A Lot of Ground to Cover

A Lot of Ground to Cover

Ground cover plants are beneficial in so many ways. The foliage provides visual interest across hills, between boulders, and down slopes. They also reduce yard maintenance by fighting erosion and suppressing weeds.

Here is the definitive list of local groundcovers grown in the brutal sun or dense shade. Many offer an evergreen solution to bare landscape plots.

Blooms that Last

Blooms that Last

It’s frustrating to design a new flowerbed around your favorite perennial flowers, like delphiniums, Shasta daisies, and pincushion flower, only to see them peter out after three or four years. Here is a list of perennial flowers notorious for their longevity. These are the bloomers you see in old neighborhoods, planted when the homes were first built and still blooming decades later.

Stroll Through a Feast for the Eyes

Stroll Through a Feast for the Eyes

Gardeners seeking beauty in a variety of designs or inspiration for their own outdoor spaces, or those who simply enjoy strolling through a feast for the eyes, are invited to the Alta Vista Garden Club’s biennial Prescott Garden Club Tour. This event takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 throughout Prescott.

Best in Show

Best in Show

The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses. Because of the dry air and alkaline soils, we grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague gardens in high-humidity states. Every garden deserves at least one rose bush, whether in the ground, a raised bed, or a container.

‘It’s a Legacy’

‘It’s a Legacy’

Harold, who passed away in February, married Lorna in 1955 in Wellington, Ohio. They moved to Prescott and opened Watters Garden Center on Miller Valley Road.

By 1965, it quickly outgrew its original Miller Valley Road location, and the Watterses moved it to a spot on Plaza Drive. In 1983, it moved again, to its current location on Iron Springs Road.

You Can Develop a Green Thumb!

You Can Develop a Green Thumb!

The top performers virtually impossible to kill are listed. You’re going to be happy with any and all of these mountain-hardy bloomers, and spring is the ideal garden season. You might also like my companion article, Perennial Flowers that Show Off for Years.

A Time to Plan

A Time to Plan

As we settle into the winter months in the central highlands, now is the perfect time to plan ahead and make changes to your landscape. How about replacing overgrown shrubs and trees or adding a new water feature? Maybe you’ve been thinking about new pavers for your old concrete patio. It’s never too early to have professional landscapers come and help you bring to life your vision for a yard that fits your home and lifestyle.

Rooted in Tradition

Rooted in Tradition

Gardeners take a special interest in the holidays and the plants that mark the season. Pumpkins and spice start out the holiday decorating, which climaxes with Christmas and New Year plants. There is a tradition behind every plant. The stories run deep. Read on for a new appreciation of the holidays and the plants that define each.

Texture, Form, Color

Texture, Form, Color

You will find the best selection of ornamental grasses now through fall here at Watters Garden Center. Now is the best time to add new ornamentals to your garden.

Grow Plants Indoors—Without Killing a Single One!

Grow Plants Indoors—Without Killing a Single One!

Houseplants add style, color, and brightness, all while cleaning the air we breathe. Even if you’re not an experienced #PlantParent, you can help these 17 houseplants thrive with minimal care. This list is complete with descriptions and advice to help you grow plants in your home without killing a single one.

The Inside Scoop

The Inside Scoop

The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) is bustling with friends and neighbors this time of year and is full of delicious and vibrant foods. Here, PFM staff share their favorite products and some pro tips to help you get the most out of your trip to the market.