Time for Transformation Tuesday: We have had opportunities to work with new construction homes and have quite enjoyed them as we get the opportunity to work on bare landscape. The clients wanted a seating area with a beautiful water feature in the front courtyard. We added aspen trees and Oregon Grapes for winter interest. Ornamental grasses and gravel added the finishing touches.
Keep those questions coming in! Q: Can I grow camellias in Santa Fe - elevation is 7500 feet where I live? A: Although I have not noticed them in our local nurseries, (most likely because I have not looked for them), there are a number of varieties of camellias that Monrovia carries. Gardeners in colder climates can also enjoy camellias with the introduction of the Ice Angels series, among the coldest (-10 degrees) hardy camellias available. Go to the Monrovia website and tak
Phil's Favorite: Crimson Pygmy Dwarf Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Zone 4-8 A dwarf densely branched form displaying deep crimson colored foliage all season long. Best color when planted in full sun. Approx. 2-3’ Tall and wide. Water regularly and more often in extreme heat. Works well as a border or as a stand-alone plant.
With all this warm weather, we are getting lots of questions regarding Spring! Curious about something? Send us your questions. Q: I am already thinking of spring planting. Is it better to buy small plants or larger plants? A: It depends on a couple of things. Number one would be budget. A smaller plant can save you money, but the bigger size plant gives instant gratification. If you are a person that wants instant results, go big, but if money is an issue and you have patien
Phil’s Favorite: Hicks Yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii') Zone 4-7 An upright shrub featuring a dense habit and dark green needles that can grow up to 10 ft tall and 4 feet wide. Makes a great hedge and can be shaped as needed. One of the few evergreens that loves shade. Hicks Yew has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The fruits are showy red drupes display
Time for Transformation Tuesday! This was a significant wall we built. Our client's driveway was pretty raw. A bit unsightly but also caused some major erosion problems, especially during the monsoon season. To fix the issues, we used moss rock and created terraced flower beds. We also added some nice touches by putting in landscape lighting, bark mulch, native plants, and a river rock to the base of the flower bed.
Question Of The Week: Q: With such a dry winter thus far, I want to get rid of my lawn. It is Kentucky bluegrass. What do you recommend? A: I would recommend converting your lawn with a Xeric (NOT XERO) garden. If you still want the lawn, you can convert it to either Blue gramma or Buffalo grass, both native and drought-tolerant grasses. If you want a xeric garden, we can pull out the lawn, plant with drought-tolerant plants, add a few character boulders, decorative gravel an
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) - This is an extremely fragrant shrub with showy flowers in the spring with lavender, white or dark pink flowers. Drought resistant but grows moderately quick in rich soil with adequate watering. Can grow to 15 feet. Zone 3-7 - Plant full sun for best results. Prune after bloom.
Transformation Tuesday: Sometimes, landscaping is necessary in terms of safety and your long-term pocketbook. This week, we address erosion issues with drainage when water was coming off the canales. Also, to get to the lower area posed some tripping/falling problems as it was not an easy step to take. To fix the issues, we constructed flowerbeds with steps in the middle (safe and beautiful!), added drainage catchments with pipes going UNDER the flowerbed/mossrock. Then, we a