Plants are crucial to gardens and landscapes distinctive of their place, not just anywhere. Tight budgets and extremes in winter and summer inform my bias towards species providing impact year-round.
That impact isn’t fleeting flowering, though I try to incorporate that too.
Photos from June 2015 in Boulder City, Nevada. You mean you don’t visit landscapes you designed when it’s 110F?
This softens the view out into the blazing Mojave Desert light, even though each Larrea tridentata isn’t growing the same, identical way.
I can’t wait to see the Yucca brevifolia ssp. jaegeriana grow more.
Here, budget limited the plant quantities needed to create flowering masses I like, as did the jackrabbit population and the nature of federal facility maintenance.
Summer is their 2nd dormant season, so little would flower in June, anyway.
Ocahui / Agave ocahui are the agaves, spaced about 25-30% too far apart, but who’s counting except me?
My plans specified native Agave utahensis, but this is close enough given availability. Plus the Mojave is parallel to Ocahui’s home in the Chihuahuan Desert, only the reversed wet seasons and some extra dryness.
And notice, no grasses. In Mojave Desert shrub communities, grasses are uncommon ephemeral plants in washes, if at all, below 4,000′.
Unlike my days of travel between here and Albuquerque, driving isn’t as much of an option from Las Cruces. That makes it hard for what I wanted to also do, even if for my own pictures…bring loppers and hand pruners for a few plants in need.
Thanks for accompanying me to one last, lingering wrap-up post from an old trip to Reclamation’s Green Building in southern Nevada.