Information About Mexican Bay

Information About Mexican Bay

What Is A Mexican Bay: How To Grow A Mexican Bay Tree

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

A substitute for the more familiar bay laurel, Mexican bay is less intense. Thinking about growing a Mexican bay leaf tree? Click here for more information.

Mexican Style Garden Designs and Yard Landscaping Ideas

Garden designs in Mexican style look elegant and rich, focusing on people enjoying outdoor living spaces. Backyard designs in Mexican style reflect the Hispanic cultures and create welcoming outdoor rooms for socializing, dining and entertaining. Mexican gardens are courtyard style with a water feature, a dining area and flower beds. Garden designs are inspired by various Mexican landscapes from lush tropical forests, to desert and coasts.

Mexican courtyard garden design and backyard landscaping ideas may mimic favorite places in Mexico, adding plants and yard decorations inspired by the relaxing and beautiful coasts of Mexico, the spectacular mountains or northern deserts. The dining and socializing area is the central place of the Mexican garden design, and it includes a small outdoor kitchen, handmade brick BBQ and dining furniture.

Garden designs in Mexican style give a feel of colonial design with nature inspired colors, local plants and flowers in terrra cotta pots and vases. Handmade ceramic tiles in earthy tones, like terra cotta, orange, brown and red color shades can feature nature inspired designs, the sun and cacti. Backyard designs in Mexican style have comfortable and unique furniture.

Garden designs in Mexican style

Backyard landscaping ideas and garden design in Mexican style

Wrought iron dining tables and outdoor lights, or handmade of rustic wood dining furniture pieces are welcoming and functional. Terra cotta flower pots and a small water feature, like a small fish pond or a fountain made from old terracotta containers, add tranquility and natural feel to garden designs and backyard landscaping ideas in Mexican style.

Cacti and exotic tropical plants are the most spectacular element of colonial garden design in Mexican style. Lots of cacti and tropical plants, lemon, orange, nut or banana trees, add Mexican style to backyard landscaping, of course, if your climate allows. A small vegetable garden for growing your own vegetables add functionality to backyard landscaping, offering a greater experience than visiting a supermarket.

Wall fountain and small pond, garden design in Mexican style

Blooming flowerbeds and aloe vera and flowering agave plants, large arrangements of hanging baskets, blend blooming plants and lush vegetation, vreating lovely garden designs in Mexican style with fuchsia, golden trumpet,hibiscus, hosta, orchid, acacia, caladium, rex-begonia vine.

Bright wall frescos and pottery add traditional yard decorations to backyard landscaping in Mexican style. Wrought iron gateways and ceramics with painted traditional patterns, Aztec style colorful decorative cushions and tablecloths add bright color combinations and distinct look to beautiful backyard designs in Mexican style.

Garden bench with bright cushions

Thatched straw roofs and wooden pergolas make the dining areas cozier and add unique decorative accents to garden designs in Mexican style.

Photographs and landscaping ideas by Kathleen Shaeffer Design, Santa Cruz, California

Gardening tips: plant Mexican giant hyssop

Then record cuckoo spit sightings and cut back euphorbias

Bees love Agastache ‘Red Fortune’. Photograph: Gap Photos

Bees love Agastache ‘Red Fortune’. Photograph: Gap Photos

Plant this If you’re looking to delight bees, Mexican giant hyssop (Agastache mexicana) is a sound choice for sunny, well-drained borders and containers. It makes a tasty tea and the flowers last into autumn. ‘Blackadder’ has steel blue flowers, or there’s deep pink ‘Red Fortune’.

Spot this Seen any cuckoo spit lately? The RHS is asking gardeners to record sightings of spittlebugs and their characteristic frothy coating in an effort to map their distribution, as they are one of the main carriers of the plant disease Xylella. Find out more at

Cut this Once euphorbias’ show of lime-green flowers is over, remove the flowered stems right back to the base: this will allow room for new stems to develop, that provide next year’s blooms. Wear gloves and long sleeves as euphorbias produce a toxic milky sap that when cut, will burn skin.

Care and pruning of erigeron

Easy to grow, erigeron only asks for very little care.

During planting, water when the soil has dried to help the root system get set up.

In fall, after the blooming or at the beginning of spring, cut back the crown as short as possible.
This step aims at snipping all stems down to a height of about 4 inches (10 cm) from the crown head, to stimulate the growth of erigeron while promoting the next flowering.

Additional Tips for Growing Cilantro

Even with ideal cilantro growing conditions, this is a short lived herb. Taking the time to prune cilantro frequently will help delay bolting and prolong your harvest time but no matter how much you prune cilantro it will still eventually bolt. Plant new seeds about every 6 weeks to keep a steady supply throughout the growing season.

Cilantro will also reseed in many zones. Once the cilantro plant bolts, let it go to seed and it will grow again for you next year. Or collect the cilantro seeds and use them as coriander in your cooking.

So as you can see, with just a few tips for growing cilantro you can have a steady supply of this tasty herb growing in your garden.

In addition, when growing cilantro, be sure to keep a steady water supply in order to keep the soil moist, but not soaked, and plant in a deep container to properly house the root system. Because cilantro is a quickly maturing plant, it’s a good idea to continue growing cilantro throughout the season by planting a new crop every 3-4 weeks. Snipping the soft top stems regularly is a good habit to get into and will help prolong the harvest. Even so, cilantro has a short life span of only a few months.

To enjoy eating cilantro without the challenge of actually growing cilantro, visit us at any of our 3 Casa Blanca locations in Massachusetts. We use the herb in many of our authentic Mexican dishes, including the complimentary salsa that we serve as an appetizer with homemade tortilla chips. Or better yet, do both. Grow cilantro at home to enjoy any time, and visit us to enjoy cilantro without having to cook. We’re here for you 7 days a week.

Have you ever faced the challenge of growing your own cilantro? How did it work out for you? Do you have any tips of your own to share with our readers who will be growing cilantro in the upcoming season?

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