Expert Plant Picks: Western United Statescomments (0) December 7th, 2011 in blogs
Landscape designer Scott Calhoun is the owner of ZonaGardens in Tucson, Arizona.
Agave 'Victoria Regina'
Comments: With age, the Arizona native mesquite tree develops craggy dark bark. It has ferny foliage, and is so drought tolerant as to be nearly indestructible.
2. Hesperaloe parviflora
Comments: A Chihuahuan desert succulent that sends up dozens of pink/red shafts in late spring.
3. Leucophyllum pruinosom
Comments: A tough silvery shrub with purple flowers that smell like grape bubblegum.
4. Echinocereus engelmannii
Comments: Engelmann hedgehog has incredible russet and yellow spines, magenta flowers, and strawberry-flavored fruit.
5. Penstemon superbus
Comments: Tall, elegant coral-colored flower spikes and glaucous foliage set superb penstemon apart.
6. Astrophytum myriostigma
Comments: The bishop's cap cactus is covered in gorgeous silvery felt.
7. Ferocactus cylindraceus
Comments: The compass barrel cactus can tolerate temperatures up to 154 degrees F. 'Nuff said.
8. Fouquieria splendens
Comments: The ocotillo has zigzagging thorny canes topped by orange-red flowers favored by hummingbirds.
9. Agave victoriae-reginae
Comments: A truly spectacular agave with a tight crown and white markings.
10. Yucca rostrata
Comments: Beaked yucca sports shimmering silver atop a stout trunk.
11. Encelia farinosa
Comments: Brittlebush's chartreuse daisy-like flowers hover over its silver foliage.
|Ocimum basilicum "Green Ruffles'|
Comments: Hummingbird magnet, long blooming, great color, cold hardy.
2. Penstemon pinifolius 'Compactum'
Comments: Hummingbirds, evergreen foliage, drought tolerant, long lived, very showy.
3. Salvia 'Raspberry Delight'
Comments: Very long blooming, sweet herbal scent, very showy flowers, hummingbird magnet.
4. Lavandula angustifolia 'Sharon Roberts'
Comments: Twice blooming each summer, sweetly fragrant, long bi-colored flower spikes.
5. Campsis 'Madam Galen'
Comments: Tough, large growing vine, profuse bloomer with huge flowers, hummingbirds.
6. Malus 'Indian Magic'
Comments: Four season interest, persistent apples feed songbirds in winter, showy fragrant flowers.
7. Pinus leucodermis
Comments: drought tolerant and pest resistant, olive green needles, slow growing.
8. Pyrus hybrid: 4-in-1 grafted variety
Comments: grow 4 different types of pears on 1 tree, late blooming for more reliable fruit set.
9. Vitis 'St. Theresa'
Comments: Outstanding seedless grape for all soil types, incredibly sweet fruit.
10. Rubus 'Caroline'
Comments: Primocane raspberry, large, sweet berries, easy to grow.
11. Ocimum basilicum
Comments: Essential culinary herb.
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