“Systemic” … What Does That Mean?

The chemical and organic solutions our garden center is famous for recommending to fix high desert plant problems has a language all it own.  Beyond the unpronounceable botanic names, the fertilizer numbering system and the advice given in “gardenese,” there are the chemical and organic labels requiring some deciphering. A useful term we use for describing some solution applications […]



The Best Time To Plant … Fall In The High Desert!

Why Fall Planting Is Best Fall is the best time to plant. Moana Nursery tells you this every year, but maybe you need convincing. So let us explain why fall planting is so good for plants! It’s pretty simple, actually. In the fall, the warm soil encourages root growth. Roots continue to grow through the […]



Helping Roses Re-Bloom In Your Yard

Many gardeners neglect or give up on their roses in the summer, seeing the quality of the bloom decline as temperatures increase. Maybe they think roses only bloom in the spring.  Rose blossoms do tend to be smaller in the summer and the colors are not quite as vivid because the summer heat forces the […]



Tree & Shrub Containers: Patio & Yard Focal Points

A tree or a shrub can create a delightful focal point in your patio garden design.   Many of our gardens have at least one specimen plant, usually a tree but sometimes a shrub. A specimen plant is one that is eye-catching, beautiful, often architectural in form, and can stand alone in a yard or […]