The genus Penstemon, commonly referred to as Beardtongues, are some of the very best native perennial plants for our New Mexico gardens. Late spring and summer bloomers that have evergreen foliage. They are a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds and bumble bees. Once established, are highly resistant to browsing rabbits and deer! The keys to successful cultivation of this wildflower group are; Plant in fast draining soil. Sandy, rocky or garden loam is fine. They dislike
1) Digging the Hole—Plants need plenty of room to spread their roots. Make the hole several times wider than the root ball, but no deeper than the existing soil level. 2) Amend the Soil from the hole—Improve soil texture with the addition of good quality compost such as Soil Mender Blend compost. Feed the soil that feeds your plants with Yum Yum Mix. For xeric (low-water need) plants that prefer growing in a “lean” or infertile soil, dig in a handful of Yum Yum Mix into a n
David has selected these new plants for 2018 for their beauty, their value to pollinators as sources of "natural nectar" (and seeds for songbirds) and as resilient performers in our high desert gardens of northern New Mexico. The two native ornamental grasses are outstanding for their colorful foliage, their fall and winter beauty and their value to seed eating songbirds. While most are cold hardy perennials for outdoor flower beds, Cuphea 'David Verity', Felicia 'Tight and T
Spring 2018 plant sale events are in full swing and we're offering 100's of amazing new and tried & true perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, cacti and succulents. We're be showcasing interesting plant combinations you can use as inspiration designing a small space or an entire garden. Succulents in your Perennial Garden Have you been bitten by the 'succulent bug' but don't know how to begin incorporating them into your perennial garden? Are you afraid succulents won't bl
Spring has sprung. The apricot and flowering plums are already blooming around Santa Fe! For the most part, the frosts have been very light and their flowers seem undamaged. It is time to get your spring clean-up under way. Turn On and Check Your Drip System for Leaks It's time to turn on your drip system. Light freezes typical in April and early May will not cause damage to your drip system. Turn on each zone and walk your landscape to find any leaks or damaged tubing.