I just finished a very fun and informative presentation on successful gardening in our high desert climate at BeaconFest in Grand Junction. I had lots of good questions from the audience and thought it would be a good idea to put some of the slides up on my website to share.
Our high desert climate is a challenge unless you understand it and embrace it.
Plants that like lots of sun should be planted together just like those who like it shady or dry.
We talked about an integrated approach to xeriscaping and sustainable landscaping practices.
I am partial to these trees as they are growing in my yard and have performed beautifully over the last ten or so years. Russian hawthorn, Sargent and Indian Summer crabapples, Green Vase Zelkova, Wichita Blue juniper, Hot Wings maple, Bur oak and Ft. McNair red horsechestnut.
There are some classics (code for overused) but still worthwhile shrubs in my list. My new favorite is the smoke bush. Looking forward to working with that gorgeous burgundy foliage in my landscape soon.
Any surprise that lavender is in this list? My hummingbirds will be so happy when the agastache, zauschneria and salvias start to bloom. I saw the first hummer in my yard just last night.
I consider grasses and groundcovers the jewelry of the garden. They add that extra sparkle of movement and texture that every garden needs. What about that Firespinner ice plant? Truly amazing colors.
Words to live by. Take care of your landscape. It is an investment, just like gold, silver or mutual funds.
If you need advice on how to unlock the secrets of your landscape, give me a call. I’d love to help.