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    Red Yucca – Hesperaloe parviflora

    Posted on July 1, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives, The New Homeowner.

    Hesperaloe parviflora, also known as Red Yucca, is a moderately growing perennial often used in Texas native and water wise landscaping.  It is hardy in all of Texas, the south and into the mid-west, from zone 5 to 11, and requires full sun. Red Yucca is an evergreen plant with long slender succulent like leaves […]

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    Endeavoring DIY

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Renovations, The New Homeowner.

    If you didn’t read the article on Hiring an Installer, then I recommend it before continuing. The same concepts will apply.  With a DIY project, service must be the highest priority on your list. You will need the help of a team of professionals who have done it before to “do-it-yourself,” and you will need […]

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    Hiring An Installer

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Projects, The New Homeowner.

    When you are considering hiring an installer, start by determining what is the most valuable to you. The rule of thumb is that you receive a good value for 2 of 3 things offered by a landscape installation company (or most companies for that matter).  Those things are service, price, and quality. For instance, if […]

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    Hiring A Designer

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Projects, Renovations, The New Homeowner.

    There are many types of landscape designers and companies offering design services.  Each company has different goals and approaches to design. Determine what your goals are, what design services are most valuable to you, and pick a design company you trust. Look on the company’s website for a description of the designer’s background you will […]

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    Budgeting for Design and Installation Costs

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners.

    I receive hundreds of calls every year from clients asking for help designing something for their property. My first question is always, “What is your budget for installation?” That may sound like a strange question for a design company to ask, but it is very important in understanding what can potentially be designed. Your budget […]

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    Fuyu Persimmon

    Posted on June 9, 2016 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material, The Home Garden.

    Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’, more often known as Fuyu Persimmon, is a highly sought after variety of Persimmon due to the sweet, non-astringent taste.  You will often find Persimmon fruit to be an astringent variety in most commercial stores. There is a small ripe window for Persimmon, so, if you’ve purchased an astringent variety, then it […]

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    Lamb’s Ear

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Kristin in Great for Kids, Landscape Plant Material.

    If you are looking for a deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant evergreen ground cover (zones 8-10) or perennial (zones 4-7), Lamb’s Ear is the ideal plant for you.  Resembling the down-turned, soft ears of a lamb, Stachys byzantine, commonly called Lamb’s ear, is a low growing, soft textured perennial with fuzzy, greenish-silver leaves. […]

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    Turk’s Cap

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives, Texas Superstar.

    Malvaviscus arboreus, or Turk’s Cap, is a large flowering shrub with a natural tendencys, has a tropical look with large leaves, and flowers resembling a turk’s cap bloom or a closed hibiscus flower. It can grow 6 to 8 feet tall and wide with a wild habit that, when used correctly, can work well in […]

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    Planting for Dogs

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by Kristin in The New Homeowner.

    Many homeowners with dogs struggle with the same problems and ask the same questions. How do I get my dog to stop peeing on my garden? Are there dog pee resistant plants? Are there DOG resistant plants? The truth is, training is the best way to handle plant related dog problems, but there are some […]

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    Abelia x grandiflora

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material.

    Abelia x grandiflora, often called Glossy Abelia, is a multi-stemmed, bush-like shrub with arching branches and studded with small, glossy, deep-green leaves which are evergreen to semi-evergreen.  This fast-growing, dense shrub is best used as a barrier or hedge due to its spreading nature and towering height of 6 feet. From mid-summer to fall, Abelia […]

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