Interested in growing greener? That would include growing plants native to your local climate, plants that are naturally adapted to the local conditions.
Reducing water consumption is important to many of us, especially for those in dryer climates. A fantastic resource for you guys in the deserts is High Country Gardens. From Santa Fe they offer a nice selection of native plants that require less care and attention than the tropical imports and the highly hybridized annuals that are pushed at garden centers every year.
If you have an interest in any of the following you should sign up to receive the Xeriscape Gardening Newsletter.
- Xeriscape Perennials
- Hardy Garden Perennials
- Ornamental Grasses
- Shrubs & Conifers
- Native Plants
- Cacti and Succulents
The past few weeks I’ve seen beautifully illustrated emails on the topics of using ornamental grasses, gardening with color, perennials, dahlias, thymes and salvias, and even one about Blue Orchard Mason Bee Nest Tubes for Spring.
The online catalog is handsome. Clean lines, not too cluttered, yet full of information. Tool tips pop up with item specifics when you hover your mouse pointer over the large-enough thumbnail pictures. Each item details page gives plenty of details on the particular plant and its growing requirements.
Herbs are not too plentiful in the High Country Gardens Catalog. Only 6 herbal items, and they’re potted plants:
- Artemisia abrotanum ‘Tangerine’
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Irene’™
Salvia officinalis ‘Minima’
Like I said though, if you’re interested in gardening with a green intent, then subscribe to the newsletter. It will give you ideas on how to use native plants in your gardens, especially perennials, ground covers and grasses.