Barberry

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Barberry is most appreciated for its ability to withstand the worst conditions in garden soils, and I rate it as one of the bright little shrubs of fall.  You’ll find at least four different barberries here at Watters most months…

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Smoke Bush

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Smoke Bush is an interest mountain plant mostly planted in the summer for the flower that hovers above the foliage like smoke rising in the middle of the landscape.  This shrub grows tall, reaching 10′ within a few years. It…

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Burning Bush

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

In color and ready for autumn planting Burning Bush is most famous for it’s burning red foliage that deepens in color through the weeks of autumn.  It loves mountain sun and wind and performs best when subjected to at least…

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Silverberry

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Silverberry grows wild through the mountains. It is best known for its evergreen toughness, ease of care, and fragrant spring flowers.  We figured out how to add a gold edge to the blue foliage and still maintain its inherited native…

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Goldflame Spirea

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Is deer and rabbit proof Spirea is an old-fashioned plant made popular by our grandparents, but it’s still a ‘rock star’ in my garden.   It is very easy to grow with little to no maintenance required once established.  My personal…

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Boston Ivy

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Boston Ivy is entirely different from English Ivy and is much brighter in the garden.  Related to its Virginia Creeper cousin, this plant has an added advantage.  It is one of the few vines that will self-cling to any surface…

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Virginia Creeper

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Grows wild throughout Northern Arizona. It’s tough enough to be used as a groundcover up broken hillsides, creeping between boulders, or right up to a new trellis or chainlink fence.  Commonly mistaken as poison oak, which has three distinct poisonous…

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Nandina

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Also, goes by the name of Heavenly Bamboo Yes, the evergreen leaves do resemble bamboo, but at our higher elevation, the top of this plant turns bright red through winter.  It doesn’t make autumn’s most- colored list, but it warrants…

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Grow-Low Sumac

10/21/2017 Ken Davis

Spreads like a groundcover over hillsides Sumac bushes are native throughout the mountains of Arizona.   They are so easy to grow and so popular here at Watters that we have four different varieties in stock. Sumacs are the very first…

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The Red Maple NOT for Local Landscapes

10/14/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If your irrigation system’s water volume in October is the same as its volume for June, you need to change the timer settings. The length of time a tree needs to be watered in…

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