Thanks Pam, for your monthly celebration of foliage, even as The Death Star torments you by day, while you just can't seem to out-run it in your dreams. Help Pam feel shaded and rested; enjoy the other posts - here!
This time, I'm leaving out my usual oaks, cacti, sotols, etc., in favor of other plants with healthy foliage. Just a few are below, in order of native to non-native, which should be paramount:
Local Native Plants
|Honey Mesquite / Prosopis glandulosa (the graceful leaves and fine leaflets are so soothing, for|
such a denizen of places that broil or boil in heat for months)
|The dappled shadow pattern of the same mesquite, which allows sun-loving plants to grow near it's pleasant canopy (here, non-local Big Bend Agave / Agave havardiana L and local Mariola R)|
|The same Ocotillo - had it rained more than our recent 1-1/2" since July 1, even larger foliage|
might have developed, but this is typically sized at about 1/2" to 3/4" long.
|Autumn Sage / Salvia greggii (taking this close-up of a 'Furman's Red' cultivar was the highlight of this post, with that incredible spicy scent...the shine or gloss on the leaves might partly be the oils that makes its aroma possible)|
|Scarlet Bouvardia / Bouvardia ternifolia|
|Red Yucca / Hesperaloe parviflora (the leaf filaments are stunning, but those dark spots on the|
lower leaves are a concern - just noticed them today)
|Deergrass / Muhlenbergia rigens (almost a bluish cast to the foliage in optimum lighting, and it really completes the cool, oasis scene started by the fountain - all directly facing the front door for guests as they leave)|
|Rock Penstemon / Penstemon baccharifolius (note the small leaves by clicking to enlarge...this is a cultivar I don't think is sold anymore, called 'Del Rio' by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery)|
|Those leaves! They are semi-evergreen here, but definitely evergreen in less cold and|
wind-prone parts of central and especially southern New Mexico.
Non-Native or Adapted Plants