Plant of the Month

Blue Emu Bush, Blue Bells Eremophila hygrophana ‘BlueBells’ Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-2 ft. tall x 3-6 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar-May), Late Summer (Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Dec-Feb) Native to: Australia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 25°F Blue Emu Bush has been described as the perfect shrub: one that blooms throughout the year, thrives in hot temperatures but handles frost, needs no pruning, and even tolerates drought. Its only potential weakness […]

Plant of the Month – Lantana

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, […]