I knew I was somewhere different, when as a sophomore in high school, we stayed in Albuquerque. It was a day after a chilly late March stay in adobe-dotted Santa Fe, to visit a couple incredible museums. Not only were Abq plants in full bloom or leaf that were nowhere near that just north, but there were so many tall yuccas in town. The yuccas were amazingly exotic.
People from places that can't grow them as easily seem to appreciate them more! Hopefully, the high deserts of the southwest will, too.
Yuccas - no longer the domain of gas stations, or default when you're on the cheap and don't want other plants you have to maintain
More scenes from a recent trip -
|Yucca rostrata - very healthy specimens in El Paso's upper valley;|
at a nice house, not a gas station
Yep, rings of something hard around lonely yuccas, in a bed of more hard
gravel; rock or scalloped concrete, all the same. Feeling deprived? Me too.
|No longer deprived. This cottage garden shines with the tall and shorter yuccas! And the|
yuccas shine with the softer flowering plants. You know which can stand on it's own.
But best is the above, all-together; not either-or
|Yucca elata / Palmilla or Soaptree, symbol of central and southern New Mexico,|
along with chiles and roadrunners
Lonely without the typical rest area architecture of NMDOT
|Our skies don't hurt, but...|
|Yucca faxoniana - I bet |
|Hint - Mexican Hat or other weedy composites|
|Or grasses, or agaves, or cacti, or ___ for the group of Yucca faxoniana and the singular Y. rostrata|
I wonder what this would be like if they picked a couple of those companion plants, instead of 1-2 of everything?
|By a pool, this potted yucca has some companions, hipster chairs and succulent bowls...yet something is missing|
|A decent try, adding a Y. thompsoniana to both a single and double trunked Y. rostrata, but this time, the mesquite trees soften the yuccas' bold forms from above, as do some lower plants|