Those who have never picked up their free pair of desert eyes often miss the basics that make desert landscapes what they can be celebrated for. The skies, and what points to them or softens them.
Even the tallest of the dismissive can stand under what they term as “shrubs”.
El Paso Community College northwest campus, 12/6/14 –
Our slight scare how winter was beginning has thawed into the mildest December I may have seen in this region. We’ve not even hit freezing for 2-3 weeks, after a few more frosts and a few hard freezes.
While we don’t count Sonoran saguaros as our skyline accents, we compensate with yuccas like Y. faxoniana.
Do you have any locally native skyline accents to employ in the garden? Or any exotic ones adapted to your area? I’d be intersted in hearing about them!
West Texas and it’s neighbors of New Mexico and Arizona have much in common: geography, culture and even some cuisine.
Many of those similarities must be insanely different from many coastal and international visitors’ realms. It’s fairly easy to see why people from even Austin or Houston visit! Photos from 9/27/2014 –
Happy together on nearby mountains, these two common plants don’t seem to mind being together at a relatively low 4,000′ elevation, either. The drip irrigation needs to be buried, to not be so unsightly, and some underplanting of compatible natives would really help.
While I like breaking down perceptions and elevating reality, there is a reason for some stereotypes. And that’s fine.
And I bet restaurants serve grits here, but not green chile – it might be 2 hours west for that.
Now to something more typical, and more grand, stately Y. faxoniana; some on this hotel’s property look to reach nearly 20′ in height. When planted with live roots, they grow to a similar size in Albuquerque, where it’s often called Palm Yucca.
The coolest place I’ve seen this species still look good is Santa Fe, just smaller. I’m not sure how they mature in the hotter, low desert areas such as Palm Springs or Tucson.
Can you imagine those yuccas instead of palms in a prominent garden location?