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Yearly Archives: 2018

Merry Christmas! Take A Tour Of My Container Plants In The Desert.

2018 is winding down and I always like to do an easy post to wrap up the year. Let's put a bow on it, sit back and toast to the new year. I've lived in Arizona's Sonoran Desert for just over 2 years now and am still figuring out what I want to do with my garden. If you're a true gardener, isn't that always the way?! I took you on a tour of my container plants last year and am doing it again this year.

Dried Herbs and Plants That’ll Spruce Up Your Homemade Candles

Candles have been around for centuries, typically used as the main source for light in the darkness. In the modern age, they've provided a touch of luxury and decor in most homes that live off electricity instead. It's no wonder that making homemade candles is affordable and fun. You've probably noticed that most soy or beeswax candles are infused with some type of flowery or herbal scent. So, we decided to make a list of our favorite dried herbs for candle... Read more

Aloe Vera 101: A Round Up of Aloe Vera Plant Care Guides

Aloe Vera is one of our favorite plants here at Joy Us garden, and for good reason. These plants are fun to look at and easy to care for. I really like that they grow well both indoors and outdoors. As has become a tradition at Joy Us garden, we're wrapping up the year with a roundup post on our Aloe... Read more

12 Quality Bird Feeders Your Garden Needs Right Now

A garden is not only about its plants. It's also about the butterflies, birds squirrels and all of the other animals that find comfort (and food!) in that space. There are different ways for you to get these visitors a bit more often. And bird feeders are a good choice if we are talking about birds in particular.

Why... Read more

How to Transplant Succulents into Pots

If you've read any of my posts then you know I love succulents. Yes it's true, both fleshy succulents and succulents with spines have a place in my garden and home.

Over the years I've planted and repotted many succulents all of which have survived and taken hold. If you're new to the world of these wacky and wonderful plants, I want to share with you all I know about transplanting... Read more

Top 5 Air Plants for Your Backyard Hideaway

Air plants are the surprise gems that will make your backyard hideaway feel special. Tucked into the bark of trees, gathered in small planters on tables, or hanging from the eaves of a shed, they create visual interest and surprise. Air plants are also a fun way to incorporate a... Read more

Homemade Natural Christmas Decorations Using Citrus Fruits & Spices

Shiny, sparkling Christmas decorations are certainly eye-catching and the stores are full of them at this time of year. I love me some holiday bling but natural is oh so appealing too. If you want an easy idea for homemade natural Christmas decorations (which also smells good!),  look no further. All you need to do is gather some citrus fruits and whole spices and you'll be well on your way to a festive table or mantle decor.I grew up in the charming New... Read more

DIY Poinsettia Decor Ideas for the Holiday Season

Another year, another holiday season! Why not celebrate and decorate your home with one of the most festive plants out there? I don't know about you, but I really enjoy Poinsettias. Their bright red color adds comfort and warmth to any home. This year, I decided to collect a list of DIY Poinsettia Decor Ideas for me and you to enjoy.

Why Choose Poinsettias?

Also known as the Christmas Star, this houseplant is often used as decor during November and... Read more

Care Tips For Growing Hoya Plants Outdoors

Hoyas are just as easy to care for outdoors as they are indoors. Last week's post was all about growing Hoyas as houseplants so now it's time to head outside. There are many similarities to growing them in both situations but a few differences come into play. These care tips for growing Hoya plants outdoors will help you out whether yours grow outdoors... Read more

How To Care For A Hoya Houseplant

My dad loved Hoyas and had quite a few of them growing in our home greenhouse in Connecticut. I inherited my love of these long-lived beauties from him. I've since grown them in Santa Barbara, CA and now at my new home in Tucson, AZ. Three very different climates and environments where the Hoyas all did well. That is why I want to share how to care for a Hoya houseplant and what I've learned over many years of growing them.I grew them outdoors in Santa Barbara... Read more