Does it look like fall where you live?

如果你住在美国西部或西南部地区.S. your answer is probably “no”.

Fall Foliage 几年前betway旗舰版下载去弗吉尼亚州威廉斯堡旅行时很开心.


你有没有去其他地方寻找绚丽多彩的秋叶 ?


Believe it or not, 有几种植物可以为betway旗舰版下载这些渴望在沙漠花园里看到秋天的迹象的人提供一些秋天的颜色.

I shared 6 of my favorite plants for fall color in an article I wrote for Houzz.


6 Plants for Colorful Fall Foliage in the Water-Wise Western Garden




I have a confession to make.  

我没有任何装满开花植物的容器. Shocking isn’t it?

There are a few reasons for this, 最重要的一点是,我更喜欢使用相对简单的植物,它们在我的花盆里全年都很好看.  

我对难维护的容器没多大耐心. In particular, ones with flowering annuals that need frequent irrigation. Not to mention deadheading of spent flowers and having to change them out seasonally. But, I do love the way they look.


Red Geraniums and White Bacopa

My inclination to avoid flowering annuals in my own garden has to do with my past and no, it’s nothing scandalous.

这和我过去的工作有关. For five years, I was in charge of 45 pots. 每个容器里总是装满了五颜六色的花朵.

Believe me, keeping all of those pots looking beautiful was a lot of work! 无数次去育婴室,施肥,浇水,每年更换两次,这些都让人厌烦. 更别提我在路边装花的时候绊了脚了. 

So, it may not come as a surprise that I prefer using succulent plants in my pots.


Victoria Agave ‘Compacta’

我在容器中使用多肉植物的灵感大多来自于沙漠植物园(Desert Botanical Garden),如上图和下图所示.


Small succulent plants for Containers

In an article I wrote for Houzz, I list my ten favorite small agaves for Houzz that are suitable for growing in pots.



Preserve the Flavors of Summer With Herbs

Do you grow herbs? I do. 

Herbs are easy to grow and thrive in arid climates and shrug off the heat. 我是第一个承认我不喜欢摆弄挑剔的植物的人,所以草本植物很适合我的园艺风格.

my garden is overflowing with herbs

Toward the end of summer, my garden is overflowing with herbs – especially basil. 我现在肯定用不上, 所以我喜欢用各种方法保存我的草药,这样我就可以在整个冬天享受夏天的新鲜味道.

preserving herbs

preserving herbs

One of the easiest ways to store herbs is by freezing them using olive oil or water. You can see my post on how to freeze herbs here

preserving herbs

药草盐是一种保持药草新鲜味道的新方法. The ingredients are simple, and they are a unique way to add a delicious taste to your favorite recipes. See how easy they are to make in this blog post

preserving herbs

Finally, the most popular method for preserving herbs is to dry them. 一些类型的草药比其他的更容易干燥,并且有不同的方法干燥草药. I invite you to read my latest article for 在那里你只需要知道干燥的草药. I hope you enjoy it!

Do you dry or freeze your herbs? Which herbs work best for you?

Meyer lemon

在西南沙漠拥有一个花园的最大好处之一就是betway旗舰版下载能够种植各种柑橘. 柠檬树是一种很受欢迎的果树,经常有人问我应该推荐哪种柠檬. 

柠檬有很多种,但我最喜欢的那一种并不是“真正的”柠檬树. It’s a Meyer lemon, which is a cross between an orange tree and a lemon tree. 

Meyer lemon

结果是,这种水果尝起来比普通的柠檬更甜,果皮薄而光滑. Meyer lemons are suitable for use in the same ways that other lemons are, but you can use them in additional ways as well due to their sweeter nature.

我最近在我的一篇文章中分享了为什么你应该种一棵Meyer柠檬树的原因 Houzz.

Have you ever grown a Meyer lemons tree ?




夏天的气温正在下降,是时候回到户外,享受betway旗舰版下载家周围的美景了.  许多植物开始放慢开花的速度, there are some that are just getting started including these fall-blooming shrubs.

每年的这个时候我都很忙,因为我的很多客户都准备专注于他们的花园.  However, as busy as I get, I try to find some time to sit outside and enjoy the colorful plants in my own garden.

Mt. Lemmon Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)

Mt. Lemmon Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)

秋天是为大地增添新植物的最佳时机, 所以这是一个很好的时间来看看你的花园,看看你想在哪里看到一些受欢迎的秋天的颜色.

If you are ready to add more color to your outdoor space this autumn, I invite you to read my latest article for Houzz 我在哪里列出了秋天花园里我最喜欢的开花灌木.


Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii)

Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii)

Do you love purple flowers? Check out my blog post



火焰棘皮草(大棘皮草变种. wrightii)

你喜欢五颜六色的花和蜂鸟吗?   如果是这样,你可以考虑添加火焰棘 (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)  to your garden.


It blooms from late spring into fall and I love its airy, bright green foliage.

If you would like to learn more, I invite you to check out my latest plant profile for Houzz.

Flame Acanthus Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds All Summer Long



With the arrival of winter, 有些人听任自己呆在无聊的花园中, devoid of interest until spring arrives with its warmer temperatures.

Thankfully, 如果耐寒的多肉植物在景观中有一席之地,betway旗舰版下载不必满足于平庸的冬季花园, 许多植物能在零下甚至零下20华氏度的温度下存活.

Yucca growing among boulders.

Yucca growing among boulders.

当开花植物整个冬天都在“冬眠”的时候, succulents take center stage with their unique shapes and growing patterns.


Whale’s Tongue Agave (Agave ovatifolia)

While the cold temperatures may freeze back your favorite bougainvillea or lantana flowers, 像这些鲸鱼舌龙舌兰这样耐寒的多肉植物以其美丽的形状的叶子抢眼.



During the warmer seasons, 这些多肉植物增加了花园的质感和结构, 通常作为开花灌木和地被植物的背景.  但是,当冬天到来的时候,它们就开始发光了.

想了解更多关于耐寒多肉植物的知识, 哪些会为你的户外空间增添美感, not just in winter, but year round?  我最近整理了一份10种多肉植物的清单 在大多数情况下,这将是一个受欢迎的补充.

Hopefully, you’ll find some of your old favorites and maybe a few new ones.



It may seem rather strange to think of landscapes decorated with lilies in fall, 但是夏天和秋雨会带来可爱的雨百合 (Zephyranthes species).

lilies add beauty to the gardens

Rain or ‘zephyr’ lilies add beauty to the gardens throughout the Southern half of the U.S., including the Southwest.  While their apperance may make you think that they are delicate and needs lots of coddling, nothing could be further from the truth.

lilies in fall

Like other types of lilies, 它们是由秋天种植的鳞茎植物生长而来,令人惊讶的是, moderately drought tolerant.

lilies in fall

The white species (Zephyranthes candida) is my favorite and has evergreen foliage.  There are other species and hybrids in colors such as pink and peach.

雨百合应该在景观中有更多的存在, given their delicate beauty that adds welcome interest to the garden.  They are also easy to grow.

了解更多关于这种令人愉快的植物的信息, including the different species and how to plant and grow your own this fall, check out my latest plant profile for Houzz.





What’s Happening In My Fall Garden…

虽然秋天的颜色可能有点缺乏在西南景观相比地区灿烂的秋天叶子, betway旗舰版下载确实有一些植物,它们会等到秋天才开始开花,为风景增添色彩.

Turpentine bush(Ericameria laricifolia)

Turpentine bush(Ericameria laricifolia) 是一种一年四季都有可爱的深绿色叶子的沙漠土生植物吗.  With the arrival of fall, they are transformed by the appearance of golden yellow flowers.




秋天终于来了,是时候在花园里忙碌起来了.  你知道秋天是一年中种新植物的最好时间吗?  It doesn’t matter where you live, 秋天种植可以让植物在夏天到来之前有三个季节来生长健康的根系.

shrubby germander(Teucrium fruiticans).

Teucrium fruticans Azureum

Today, I’d like to share with you another drought tolerant and beautiful plant – shrubby germander(Teucrium fruiticans).

While it’s name may not be impressive, this shrub certainly has a lot to boast about.

Shrubby germander planted alongside Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera)

Shrubby germander planted alongside Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) 

First, 它有蓝色的花朵,增加了受欢迎的颜色,与橙色和红色等其他颜色形成对比.

Young shrubby germander growing alongside red autumn sage (Salvia greggii)

Young shrubby germander growing alongside red autumn sage (Salvia greggii) 


Shrubby germander

Shrubby germander can grow 5 – 6 ft. 然而,也有一种更紧凑的品种“Azureum”,只有3英尺高.

For more reasons why you’ll want to add this attractive shrub to your landscape, check out my latest plant profile for


Drought Tolerant and Beautiful: Bear Grass