Virtues: We love desert beardtongue (Penstemon pseudospectabilis) for its vivid purple-pink flowers and its drought tolerance. This penstemon’s flowers serve as a food source for bees, hummingbirds and hawkmoths as well as other insects. Desert beardtongue is being honored as … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Wallowa Mountain’ desert moss (Arenaria ‘Wallowa Mountain’) because it is an evergreen, exceptionally short and compact groundcover native to Oregon that resembles moss yet is very drought tolerant. Superb for xeric and fairy gardens, permanent containers, between … Read Article
Virtues: We love giant sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) for its hardiness and its upright habit, which it retains throughout winter. A Southwest native, it tolerates heat and drought too. This species of Sporobolus has been named Ornamental Grass of the Year … Read Article
Virtues: Veitch’s Blue thistle is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in full sun. This plant is relatively low-maintenance and it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer steer clear, preferring tastier plants.This is an excellent flower for cutting and drying.
Virtues: We love Yucca filamentosa for its long, narrow sword-like blue-green foliage that grows in a rosette form with an abundance of twining white fibrous threads along the margins. In late spring, a woody flower stalk ascends from the center … Read Article
Virtues: We love Panicum virgatum ‘Cheyenne Sky’ for its eye-catching blue-green foliage that becomes tinged with a striking wine-red hue in early summer. As the summer progresses, this exquisite plant is overtaken with color, topped with matching burgundy-red flower panicles … Read Article
Virtues: We love Hemerocallis ‘Going Bananas’ for the slightly fragrant, large lemon-colored blooms that top its tall scapes with intriguing beauty from early summer into fall.
When it comes to growing a lush, thriving garden, water is usually essential. However, if you want to be a little more eco friendly, lower your water bill or both, there are ways to conserve water and still have a … Read Article
Virtues: We love Agave ellemetiana for the lush, waxy, green leaves that arch away from each other, creating a display of bold color and eye-catching form.
I have a “Christmas cactus” that always blooms at Thanksgiving. Is there a way to make it bloom a few weeks later?
If you planted trees or shrubs this fall, be sure to keep them watered until the ground freezes (if it does in your area), and continue to keep them watered through next spring and summer.