Oenothera fremontii ‘Shimmer’ PPAF is one of my favorite new native plants. Originally selected by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden, from a seed grown crop of Oenothera fremontii, this vegetatively propagated cultivar selection is a standout. Lauren and Scott picked the original plant from all the others because of its unusually narrow foliage that […]

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To date, the Santa Fe area has had about 3-4″ of total precipitation (rain and snow) since this past January; a very dry year! (We usually average about 12″ annually.) Well, after this last week with daytime highs in the upper 90′s, our gardens were wilting and the native grass prairie all around us was […]

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David Salman on July 23rd, 2009

In just the past two weeks, the hummingbirds have suddenly made their summer appearance in my gardens. And they will be staing around until moving south in October. At first it was one bird and now there are 3 or 4 hanging out, sipping, fussing, and moving deliberately from flower to flower on their favorite […]

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David Salman on July 12th, 2009

Good watering techniques and proper scheduling during the summer months are extremely important for both new plantings and established landscapes. I strongly recommend getting a rain gauge. You need to know how much water is falling from the sky. A general rule of thumb; if you don’t get AT LEAST ½″ of rain, most soils […]

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Penstemon ‘Blue Lips’ is a High Country Gardens introduction (new plant to the gardening world) for 2009. While many gardeners judge a plant by only by its flowers, ‘Blue Lips’ is an excellent example of a perennial that is both dazzling in flower and sublimely beautiful with just its foliage. Share on Facebook

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