Plant of the Month

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 […]

Plant of the Month – February

Blue Chalk Sticks Senecio mandraliscae Plant Form: Succulent groundcover Water Use: Low Mature Size: 1-1.5 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Native to: South Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Blue Chalk Sticks meets two prized landscape design features: color and texture. Creating a dense, sprawling mat of bluish foliage, its four-inch-long, fleshy curved spikes that angle upward look like they could be from the ocean floor. Prized for its chalky […]

Plant of the Month – January

Olive TreeOlea europaea Plant Form: Evergreen tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 20-30 ft. tall x 15-25 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May) Native to: Mediterranean Region Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Olive trees have been cherished since the time of the Roman Empire for their picturesque gnarled trunks and branches. Over the millennia, people have enjoyed the tree’s edible olives (which must be cured in brine before eating), and the valuable olive oil pressed from […]

Plant of the Month – September

Evergreen Sumac Rhus virens Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub, Small Tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 8-12 ft. tall x 10-15 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas Hardiness: Cold hardy to 5°F  Evergreen Sumac is a very adaptable, large, evergreen shrub that tolerates every stressful desert situation thrown at it: burning heat, freezing cold, extended drought, nutrient-poor soils, and even difficult clay and caliche soils. Given all these challenges, this […]

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 – June

Artichoke Agave, Parry Agave Agave parryi Plant Form: Succulent Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug) Native to: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F  Artichoke Agave forms a dense, symmetrical rosette that actually resembles a giant artichoke. Wide, foot-long, blue-gray leaves are edged with spiny margins and tipped with a one-inch terminal spine. A rosette slowly matures over time until it produces offset “pups” at its base, eventually […]