我喜欢在我的花园中使用植物，添加很多颜色，耐旱和美丽, 砂纸马鞭草 certainly doesn’t disappoint.
它的花朵生机勃勃, deep purple that carpets the ground in a mass of glorious color spring through fall.
The deep green leaves add a visually cooling element to the landscape as well.
Butterflies find the flowers irresistible too.
While most people will tell you that they love roses, 它们可能不喜欢重复施肥所需要的额外维护, 免费入场, 与有害昆虫作斗争, 和真菌疾病.
Well, let me introduce you to a rose that is beautiful and low-maintenance.
They are resistant to damaging bugs and most fungal diseases leave them alone. 然而，与许多现代玫瑰不同的是，它们每年在春天开一次花，呈现出绚丽的景象.
There is so much to enjoy with this beautiful, fuss-free rose.
I love to use plants that thrive in the desert Southwest.
But, I won’t use just any plant – it has to be drought tolerant, low-maintenance and add beauty to the landscape.
One of my favorites for adding spiky texture and great color contrast is desert spoon, 也被称为“sotol”.
我最近写了我喜欢沙漠勺子的所有原因，以及如何在景观中使用它的想法, 你能在我最新的文章里找到什么 Houzz.com
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另一个原因是，许多西南部的土著在他们的育儿箱里看起来并不那么令人印象深刻, 它们的根生长受到限制. However once they are planted and roots begin growing, they really take off and transform into a beautiful plant.
One underused plant in the southwest garden is 小叶子科迪亚 (科迪亚parvifolia).
There are so many reasons to love this underused, native shrub…
– and perhaps most importantly, it has beautiful, white flowers!
I recently wrote about 小叶子科迪亚 for Houzz.com and how to grow and use it in the landscape.
Especially one that can handle the tough conditions often present in the desert garden.
黑脚黛西 (Melampodium leucanthum) thrives in full sun – even areas that receive hot, afternoon sun. 所有这些都是耐旱的.
To find out more about this desert perennial and ideas on how to add it to your garden, 看看我最新的植物简介 Houzz.com.
Last month, 我在脸书上问过你, which plant I should profile in my upcoming article for Houzz.com (Every month, I write a plant profile on plants that grow well in the Southwest.)
My blogger friend, Becky, who lives in Tucson, mentioned that Feathery Cassia (塞纳artemisoides) 是个好选择吗.
In 2012, I was asked to design the plantings along a street in Rio Verde, AZ.
除了多肉植物, trees, 多年生植物和其他灌木-羽毛决明子是一种灌木，因为它的维护成本低，我想确定包括, 耐旱，冬季色彩艳丽.
In just over a year, Feathery Cassia has a good start, but will grow much larger.
我喜欢把这个灌木和瓦伦丁搭配在一起 (Eremophila maculata“情人节”) 红色的花朵.
我很喜欢这种灌木, that I have planted 5 of them along in my own garden, 沿着一堵长长的墙. 我都等不及它们开始生长了.
If you want to learn more about Feathery Cassia, 比如为什么人们称它为“羽毛”，或者了解鲜花港的惊喜——看看我在Houzz上的最新文章……
我希望你们这周都过得愉快. 我准备下周去佛罗里达参加一个有趣的园艺项目. 我很快会让你知道更多……
If anyone asks me what is on my list of succulent favorites, 圣丽塔仙人掌 would be near the top.
This beautiful prickly pear is also often referred to as ‘purple prickly pear’.
了解更多关于这种特殊的刺梨，以及为什么你想在你的花园种一个, 看看我最新的文章 Houzz.com…
I hope you enjoy my latest plant article for Houzz. I’ve been working on profiling plants that thrive in the desert southwest.
Stay tuned later this month for another great plant!
在我的上一篇文章中 “A Long Forgotten Area Ready for Transformation”我告诉过你，我会分享我将在这个被忽视的区域种植什么植物.
The plants I chose are based on the following:
– I have grown them myself in either my home garden and/or in landscapes I have managed.
– The plant palette will also ensure year round color, with at least one or more plants being in bloom at a given time.
The area has two large Foothills Palo Verde trees along with a Wolfberry tree, 所以我选择了另一种类型的树来添加.
沙漠柳树 (Chilopsis linearis) 是我最喜欢的沙漠树木之一吗. It is not a true willow, but is named for the fact that its leaves are willow-shaped.
Hardy to zone 6, 沙漠柳树 requires well-drained soil and full sun or filtered shade.
要了解更多关于沙漠柳树的信息以及不同的品种，请查看我的 Houzz文章 关于这棵可爱的树.
情人节布什 (Eremophila maculata“情人节”) 是我最喜欢的灌木吗. I will never forget the day when I was first introduced to this red-flowering shrub, by 山地州批发苗圃. It was 1999 and I was a horticulturist fresh out of college.
Red flowers appear on this shrub, beginning in January and lasting until April. 如果你以前没有注意到的话, 冬天没有多少花, 我爱瓦伦丁的原因之一是什么.
The foliage is evergreen and Valentine are hardy to zone 8. Better yet, they only need to be pruned once a year – in spring after flowering.
For more information about Valentine, check out my post 关于这种大植物.
我选择的第二种灌木是巴哈鲁ellia (Ruellia peninsularis).
Now, this isn’t 它颇具侵略性的表亲Ruellia (Ruellia brittoniana), 如下图所示…
巴哈Ruellia is what I like to think of as a smaller version of Texas Sage species (Leucophyllum sp). It doesn’t get as large and has a longer flowering season then Leucophyllum.
The flowers of 巴哈Ruellia are tubular and appear spring through fall, 春天花开最盛.
The foliage is light green and rarely suffers frost damage in our zone 9b climate. Hardy to zone 9, 巴哈Ruellia should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil.
The third shrub for this area will be 银色的桂皮 (塞纳phyllodenia). This Australian native does very well in arid landscapes.
The silvery foliage will provide contrast to the darker greens present in the landscape. Evergreen to 20 degrees, this shrub flourishes in zone 9 landscapes.
Yellow flowers appear in late winter and into spring. Pruning is needed after flowering, to remove seed pods in managed landscapes.
Like the other shrubs, 银色的桂皮 enjoys full sun and well-drained soil.
The smallest shrub for this area will be 秋天的圣人 (鼠尾草greggii). This plant is hard to zone 7, so remains evergreen during winter here.
Flowers appear fall through spring in the low desert. 最常见的颜色是红色或粉色, although there are other colors such as white, 薰衣草和桃子.
I like to use 秋天的圣人 around trees like Palo Verde, where the filtered shade shelters it from the intense summer sun. 我第一次看到它们是在沙漠植物园的一棵树周围，我真的很喜欢它的样子, so I have repeated this design in many of my landscapes.
Life around our household has been busy lately….
My daughter, will soon come home after leaving 5 months ago for the Navy. She is graduating from her Equipment Operator School next week and will be an official ‘SeaBee’. She will be on leave for 2 weeks before she reports for combat training in Mississippi, 她会在哪里驻扎一个月.
最好的消息是，她的永久基地将在Hueneme港，那是她想待的地方. What is even better for us, is that it is in Southern California, just 7 hours from home!!!
We are getting ready to celebrate her homecoming, which I will share with all of you 🙂
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