Plant of the Month

Lantana Lantana camara Plant Form: Shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-6 ft. tall x 4-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-August), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: Central and South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Lantanas are prized not only for their performance during long hot summers, but also for their extremely long bloom season. Tiny 5-lobed flowers in dense hemispherical clusters from spring to fall attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators. Most Lantanas are […]

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 – July

Chitalpa x Chitalpa tashkentensis Plant Form: Deciduous tree Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall x 15-30 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: Hybrid from North American parents Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Chitalpa inherited some of the best qualities from each of its parents, producing an exciting, drought-resistant plant ideally suited for most soils and climates throughout the American southwest. This hybrid deciduous […]

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 […]

Plant of the Month – September

Desert Willow, Desert Catalpa Chilopsis linearis Plant Form: Deciduous tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall x 18-20 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Spring (Apr-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Oct) Native to: California, Arizona, Mexico (below 5000 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F Desert Willow is a fast-growing, multi-trunked tree or large shrub that twists and leans as it reaches skyward, creating an interesting, open crown in age. Its long, narrow, bright green leaves give a willowy appearance, […]

Plant of the Month – June

Mojave Desert Sage, Desert Purple Sage   Salvia dorrii   Plant Form: Evergreen Sub-Shrub Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Bloom Time: Spring (May), Summer (June-July) Native to: California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington (between 2,500 – 8,500 feet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Mojave Desert Sage is an aromatic, native “shrublet” with striking blue-violet flowers that emerge from purplish, ball-shaped flower heads along the stems. This […]