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).
Agave are my favorite succulent of mine in my own garden and also finds itself a prominent addition to many of my landscape designs.
There is so much to love about agave, from the unique, rosette pattern of their succulent leaves to the dramatic flowering stalk that they send up toward the end of their lives.
Have you ever seen this agave in the landscape? What would you plant alongside it?
In my humble opinion, a garden should be filled with plants that benefit wildlife. Imagine a garden that not only rewards you with beauty but also has the wonderful side benefit of allowing you to observe wildlife up close when they come and visit.
Butterflies are so ethereal and you’ll find most people stop and stare whenever they are fortunate enough to have one fly nearby.
|Queen butterfly visiting a desert milkweed plant at the Desert Botanical Garden|
While fall color may be somewhat lacking in the Southwest landscape in comparison to areas with brilliant fall foliage, we do have several plants that wait until fall to begin to color the landscape with their blooms.
Plants that stay green all winter while also producing flowers are somewhat rare in the Southwest, which is why Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) is one of my favorite additions in landscapes I design as well as in my own garden.
Fall is finally here and it’s time to get busy in the garden. Did you know that fall is the best time of year to add new plants? It doesn’t matter where you live, planting in fall gives plants three seasons to grow a healthy root system before summer arrives.
|Shrubby germander planted alongside Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera)|
|Young shrubby germander growing alongside red autumn sage (Salvia greggii)|
If you like colorful blooms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, than you’ll want to take a close look at this drought tolerant beauty.
Its blossoms are a vibrant, deep purple that carpets the ground in a mass of glorious color spring through fall.
The deep green leaves add a visually cooling element to the landscape as well.
Butterflies find the flowers irresistible too.
See where this colorful ground cover gets its name and why you’ll want to include it in your drought tolerant garden where it will add beauty to your outdoor space in my latest plant profile for Houzz.com