Drought Tolerant Plants

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    Design

    The Best Salvias for the Southwest

    If you’re like me and prefer that your perennials power on through the dog days of summer and well into fall, salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5–11) are the…

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    Design

    Tim and Laura’s Garden

    Today we’re visiting the garden of husband and wife Tim Boland (a botanist) and Laura Coit (a designer). Here are some pictures of our home garden on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.…

  • Golden barrel cacti in a group
    Design

    Drought-Tolerant Ground Covers for the Southwest

    I think it is fair to say that when most of us think of ground covers, we imagine low, mounding, and spreading plants. Although that image is accurate, it isn't…

  • lawn full of Dog Tuff grass
    Article

    Lawn Alternatives for the Mountain West

    If you’ve looked at current drought maps for the Mountain West, you’ve seen a sea of red, orange, and yellow indicating abnormally dry to severe drought conditions across the region.…

  • Giant wild rye
    Article

    Native Grasses for Southern California

    Our gardens can be a tapestry of colors, shapes, and textures, and a fresh design takes all of these elements into consideration. But when I want a plant that hits…

  • Finger aloe
    Design

    South African Standouts for Southern California

    South Africa has a few similarities with Southern California. Both are hot spots of biodiversity. South Africa, like California, is recognized as a floristic province. That means that both have…