Plant of the week: Trumpet Vine (Capsis radicans) - Zone 4-11 Beautiful orange-red trumpet shaped flowers cover this fast growing climber from late spring to fall. Green canoe shaped seed pods add an extra pop to this already vibrant vine. Plant in well drained soil and full sun for ideal growth. This self-attaching vine latches on to stucco, arbors, or any other support it can find. Being drought resistant (once established) and easily cared for. A trumpet vine is a great ad
Good morning Santa Fe! Time for this week's Transformation Tuesday: This week's transformation were some steps that needed a spruce up. After releveling and adding an additional row of railroad ties, we finished up the new steps with some weed barrier, gravel, and a few flagstone stepstones leading up to the doorway. Have a wonderful day!
Question of the week: The question this week comes from a client whose home we landscaped at the beginning of this year. Q: What is the green pod on my yucca next to the flowers? A: The green pod is actually full of seeds! Yuccas tend to produce these seed pods during or shortly after the bloom cycle. If left on the stalk, the seed pods dry and naturally crack open to drop the seeds. You can take the seeds and start new yuccas, although it will take some time for the yucca to
Plant of the week: May Night Sage (Salvia x sylvestris) - Zone 4-9 Multiple deep purple spikes form off of each stem of this beautiful drought-resistant perennial from early to midsummer. Removing spent flowers encourages more blooms to follow. "May Night Sage" also attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds with the added benefit of being deer resistant. This fast grower reaches 18" to 24" tall and wide is sure to add a burst of purple in any location that provides full su
This week's transformation Tuesday was a nice small project. Our client has a small courtyard that was sloped toward the house. It needed a bit of a makeover - we built two terraces and filled it in with some beautiful gravel. The two new terraces will be the home of future water features and plants. Happy Tuesday!
This question of the week comes from a client who had noticed something odd in her lilac bush. Q: Is this from tent caterpillars and should I remove it ASAP? A: Although it looks like it may be from tent caterpillars since it has a webby look, it is actually a hummingbird nest. These tiny nests are always a delight to come across and will not harm the lilac bush. We do not come across these very often, but hopefully next time it will have some baby hummingbirds! Thank you for
Plant of the week: Walker’s low Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) - Zone 3-9 Upright spreading blue flower spikes stems with aromatic, soft gray-green leaves. Can reach 18-24” tall and 2-3’ wide. Plant full sun. Happy Friday!
Time for Transformation Tuesday! We had a client that just purchased the Sage Creek Gallery on Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road and they wanted to give it a cleaner look but also being mindful of our water situation here in the Southwest. It was a fun project. We removed all the grass, taking it down a few inches below grade, replacing it with weed barrier and Sunset Rose gravel. We also touched up the flowerbeds with some fresh bark mulch to help retain moisture for the plants.
This question of the week is one we have seen several times this year. As with most tree questions, we recommend you consult a tree company since they specialize in this field and will treat the pest/disease. We do not spray trees for diseases or pests. However, we would like to share this information since it has been more common than usual. Q: My aspen trees aren’t looking as good as they did last year. The leaves are turning a pale yellow with some brown and falling off -
Plant of the week: Pike’s Peak Purple Penstemon (Penstemon x Mexicali) - Zone 4-9 Spikes of purple flowers with white and purple lined throats. adaptable to a wide range of soils and conditions. Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to part shade. Grows 24”30 tall and wide.