Plant of the Month

Lynn’s Legacy Sage Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Lynn’s Legacy’ Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 4-5 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Lynn’s Legacy Sage was selected by legendary “plantsman” Lynn Lowery for its long season of profuse flowers, more than any other selection of Texas Ranger. Native to Mexico, this slow-to-moderately growing, dense, evergreen shrub explodes in lavender flowers […]

Plant of the Month – May

Catmint Nepeta faassenii Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Late spring (May), summer (June, July) Native to: Asia, Europe, Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Catmint is beloved by gardeners for a host of features: it is fast-growing, long-lived, low-maintenance, resistant to browsing animals and pests, attractive to butterflies and bees, water-wise, and is graced with periwinkle-blue flowers over a long bloom season. This cornerstone […]

Plant of the Month – March

Lady Banks RoseRosa banksiae Plant Form: Evergreen to semi-deciduous vine Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 15-20 ft. tall x 10-20 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Early Summer (June) Native to: China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Lady Banks Rose is a fast-growing, climbing vine that can easily cover a fence, trellis, arbor, or patio. Prized as a vigorous climber, this thornless vine explodes with clusters of slightly fragrant, yellow or white miniature flowers […]

Plant of the Month – August

Golden Dogbane Thymophylla pentachaeta Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 6-10 in. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F  Golden Dogbane is a dainty, colorful plant that brings happiness to both gardeners and butterflies. Because it provides both nectar and food for butterflies and their larvae, it is perfect for butterfly gardens. Gardeners can plant just a few […]

Plant of the Month – July

Peruvian Verbena Glandularia (Verbena) peruviana purple Plant Form: Perennial groundcover Water Use: Low, Moderate Mature Size: 6-12 in. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F  Peruvian Verbena is a fairly fast-growing groundcover that trails and spreads with new herbaceous roots to form a dense mat. This desert-friendly, rabbit-resistant perennial produces clusters of colorful flowers at the end of each stem, with colors ranging from purple […]

Harvesting Native Gardens

~ Bladderpod ~ Spring entices a burst of bright yellow flowers on our native Bladderpod, attracting hummingbirds, hawk moths, gardeners, and ethnobotanists. Besides being an attractive, fire-resistant, evergreen shrub, Bladderpod produces showy clusters of flowers and inflated seed pods that can be eaten if cooked. We’ll share with you how to prepare these treats below. ♦♦♦ Part of my appreciation of our native desert plants comes from the indispensable gifts that these plants have provided for millennia to humans, wildlife, birds, insects, soils, and […]