Garden & Landscape

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The Birds and the Butterflies

The Birds and the Butterflies

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and exotic creatures in the landscape.  A butterfly garden offers two benefits: it’s an easy way to see more butterflies, and it’s also a way to help them since many local habitats have been lost to human activities like building homes and roads. It is easy to increase the number and variety of the winged beauties in your yard. Simply grow the plants they like to feed on!

Heat-Loving Flowers of Summer

Heat-Loving Flowers of Summer

Tips for Vibrant Blooms that Attract Winged Visitors and Keep the Garden Bright All Season Long by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona's Garden Gal The brightest flowers of the summer season wait until temperatures rise above 90 degrees to “do their thing.” Like sunbathers on...

Smart Planning, Smart Choices, Smart-alecks

Smart Planning, Smart Choices, Smart-alecks

Our Yards: the Newest Component of Modern Life to Go Smart By Matt Keppel April is the perfect time to begin tackling those landscape projects that will yield finished outdoor spaces with plenty of time to enjoy them.  We are so lucky here to have the kind of climate...

Purses and Totes Turned Planters

Purses and Totes Turned Planters

Fun, Whimsical, Easy Ideas for Unique, Thrifty Garden Containers By Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona's Garden Gal Unusual containers are gardening fun. Heading to a thrift store to hunt down the perfect, on-the-cheap planters, and then figuring out how to use them, is a...

The Perfect Backyard Wedding

The Perfect Backyard Wedding

Tips to make your property a magnificent venue for those vows By Matt Keppel Picture it: picnic tables, crepe-paper streamers, balloons, paper wedding bells, a juggler and an accordion player for musical accompaniment.  Wouldn’t you just LOVE to have your wedding...

Natural Fragrance for the Home

Natural Fragrance for the Home

Houseplants Freshen the Air and Boost Mood … Naturally By Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona's garden gal Wet dog, funky socks, musty books and the ever-present smell of teenage boys is more than a home needs sometimes. Houseplants get a lot of lip service for their...

Winter Landscaping Tips  to Keep Your Yard Looking Great, Year-Round

Winter Landscaping Tips to Keep Your Yard Looking Great, Year-Round

By Matt Keppel There’s a chill in the air and many of us are looking forward to, among other things, enjoying movie classics like, “A Christmas Story” this holiday season. The cooler weather doesn’t necessarily mean you can skip out on the landscaping. My article this...

Winter Gardening with  Evergreens & Conifers

Winter Gardening with Evergreens & Conifers

Create an Evergreen ‘Skyline’: Blend Texture, Color, and Shape for Year-Round Drama and Beauty By Lisa Watters Lain, Arizona’s garden gal O ur house is a classic mountain home with large windows that enable us to enjoy both the natural and cultivated beauty outside. ...

8 Essential Steps to a  Healthy Autumn Landscape

8 Essential Steps to a Healthy Autumn Landscape

By Lisa Watters Lain, Arizona’s garden gal Autumn gardens are a time of change and preparation for the winter and spring that follow.  With just a bit of effort, your landscape remains healthy and stands out from the rest.  It took one crisp morning to perform the...

The Seven Fastest  Head-High Hedge Plants

The Seven Fastest Head-High Hedge Plants

Privacy and hedgerows are not top-of-mind until that neighbor dumps his leftover construction material for all to enjoy at the next backyard BBQ. Or, what about that super-sized motor home parked within feet of the property line that is now a chrome-covered albatross sitting between yards? Arizonans spend a lot of time outdoors, making privacy essential.

Eat Your Yard

Eat Your Yard

The front yard of any house makes such an important first impression.  Many homeowners lean heavily on a shrub border and a couple of trees to bring the landscape’s design together. What most people don’t consider, though, is that the front yard is often the sunniest spot in a landscape, which makes it the perfect spot to install a beautiful working farm: vegetable gardens thrive in lots of sun, and with careful planning, edible plants can play a starring role in a yard’s striking scenery.