|Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)|
|Trailing Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’)|
|Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)|
|Newly-planted red yucca|
|Un-pruned lantana on the left. Two light pruned lantana are to the right with a pile of clippings.|
This morning, I was on my way to a landscape consultation for my fellow Arizona gardener, Claudette, who blogs over at Gilbert Garden Girls.
As I always do before driving to an appointment, I entered the address into my car’s GPS and was pleased to see that it would only take 20 minutes to get to her house from mine.
However, as I drove down her street, the addresses did not match up with hers. So, I took out my phone and brought up my trusty Google Maps app and found that my car’s formerly reliable GPS had misdirected me. Luckily, I was only 1 mile away and so I was only a couple of minutes late, which truth be told, is normal for me.
Do you have a list of favorite plants? I do. Mine is made up of about 12 plants, and they change from time to time.
One of my recent additions to my favorites list is anacacho orchid (Bauhinia lunarioides).
One of the most rewarding things about my job is having the opportunity to revisit areas that I have designed. Despite designing landscapes for over 17 years, I never tire of having the opportunity to explore them again to see how the landscape has matured. When touring the landscapes, I take time to look at what worked and sometimes what didn’t. I take these lessons with me and implement them in future designs.
|Blue Bells (Eremophila hygrophana) and feathery cassia (Senna artemisoides)|
|Valentine Bush (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine) and desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)|
|Angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis syn. Hymenoxys acaulis)|
|Pink Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) in winter.|
No matter where you live, you often see five types shrubs being used over and over in landscape after landscape. While the shrubs themselves may be attractive, their overuse throughout neighborhoods can create a somewhat ‘boring landscape’.
|Hop bush flower|
I have had a love affair with roses for over 23 years.
|The rose garden at Kilkenny Castle in Ireland.|
|That’s me posing by the roses and the castle.|
|Santa Barbara Mission rose garden in California|
|International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.|
|Stopping to smell the roses in Santa Barbara, CA.|
I love flowers. In fact, it was my love affair with flowers that inspired me to get my degree in horticulture. I figured that life is too short to not do what you love, so working as a horticulturist allows me to be around blooming plants throughout much of the year.
As the weather begins to cool, blossoms begin to lessen, but one of the many benefits of living in the Southwest is that there are always some plants showing off their flowers.
Today, I’d like to share with you just a few of the flowering plants that I saw during the past couple of weeks, which are decorating the fall landscape.
|Pink Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla) flowers in spring and fall, is extremely drought tolerant, thrives in full sun and is hardy to 10 degrees F.|
|Creeping Indigo Bush (Dalea greggii) is a groundcover, which flowers in spring and fall, is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun and is hardy to 10 degrees F.|
|The Cascalote tree (Caesalpinia cacalaco) flowers in fall and on into early winter, is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun and is hardy to 20 degrees F. While thorny, there is a new variety with a smooth trunk, called ‘Smoothie’.|
|Pink Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is an ornamental grass that flowers in fall, is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun to filtered shade and is hardy to 0 degrees F.|
|Blue Bells (Eremophila hygrophana) flowers all year long, is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun to filtered shade and is hardy to 17 degrees F.|
As summer begins to slowly fade and the heat begins to dissipate, the Southwestern garden comes alive.
|Sky Flower (Duranta erecta)|
|Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii)|