Have you discovered Plant Select yet?

plant select xeriscapes

This Colorado non-profit corporation has excellent information on durable plants for xeriscapes. Their focus is on the Western Garden and the Central Rocky Mountain Region in particular.

They offer information and ideas to help you select appropriate plants for your xeriscape. You can download designs, locate demonstration gardens to visit, find information on specific plants and search for plants using a variety of criteria. You can download pdf copies of their annual brochures which feature the winning plants each year from 1997 forward.

Check it out at http://plantselect.org/

Looking for Xeriscape Plants? There’s An App For That!

New Mexico Plan App

New MexicoStateUniversity has developed a mobile app to let you search among 750 water-wise plants and save your favorites. The plant database provides information for southwest plants, particularly plants suitable for New Mexico. However, many of the plants are also appropriate for xeriscapes in other locations.

Read more at: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/8723/

You can also access New Mexico’s Interactive Plant List at the Office of the State Engineer from your personal computer at http://wuc.ose.state.nm.us/Plants/

Xeriscape Bulbs – Fall Maintenance Tips

Bulbs provide a colorful surprise in the xeriscape garden when they bloom in the spring. Many gardeners forget exactly where their bulbs were planted and are delighted to see them appear.

Bulbs are considered drought evaders. Since they store water below ground, they may stay dormant during drought conditions.

Fall is the ideal time for planting your spring-blooming bulbs. When the ground is consistently 50 degrees Fahrenheit and before it freezes, typically from late September through November, it is the time to add bulbs to your xeriscape.

If you don’t already have some favorites in mind, consider the following bulbs that will naturalize and spread:

Allium for Xeriscapes Allium – At his website PlantBuzz, Mark McDonough has extensive information about all kinds of allium varieties. Visit Allium Central for more information.
Crocus for xeriscapes Crocus – Among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, crocus sometimes peek up through the snow. They provide a splash of color in a xeriscape garden.
Daffodils for xeriscapes Daffodils – Available in shades from white to deep yellow, daffodils also last a long time as cut flowers in your favorite vase.
Grape Hyacinth for Xeriscapes Grape Hyacinth – You can purchase grape hyacinth bulbs in a variety of colors at Amazon.com.
Asiatic Lilies for Xeriscapes Lilies – Asiatic lilies also come in many colors. Read more about caring for drought tolerant lilies in these lily books at Amazon.com.
Tulips for xeriscapes TulipsDarwin Tulips are among the tallest tulips and they make great cut flowers. To encourage naturalization, after the flowers fade in the spring, clip the flower heads. Let the foliage die back naturally to store energy in the bulb for next year.

If you are inspired to add these bulbs to your xeriscape, you may want to pick up a bulb planter to help make the job easier. Choose an area with well drained soil and bury lots of these bulb treasures to be discovered in your xeriscape next spring.

Xeriscapes in Hawaii

You may think of Hawaii as a tropical paradise, where it rains every afternoon. But water conservation is a concern for Hawaii too. In 1989, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply created the Halawa Xeriscape Garden to demonstrate and promote awareness of xeriscaping. Each August, the garden hosts a very popular “Un-thirsty Plant Sale.” The garden showcases both native and international plants from dry, tropical regions. To read more, visit the Friends of Halawa Xeriscape Garden (FOHXG) site. This non-profit community organization supports the water conservation program of the garden.

Favorite xeriscape plants that grow well in Hawaii include: sedum, echeveria, and kalanchoe.

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Drought Tolerant Plants For Xeriscapes

Christina Elliott from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes some of the drought tolerant plants growing in the the Alameda County Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden. She features the following plants for California gardens: California fuchsia, Penstemon, Mexican sage, Lavender, Bog salvia, Parker salvia, Crape myrtle and Mexican feather grass. These plants would work well in xeriscapes.