Red Hills desert garden, St George Utah

Red Hills desert garden

While visiting Snow Canyon last weekend we stopped at the new Red Hills desert garden by St George, Ut. It is a very new park, barely more than one year old according to the locals. The plants are small but with the exception of the Utah agaves (!), all are doing well. Continue reading “Red Hills desert garden, St George Utah”

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roses and the Utah gardener part 3

picture credits: Plantselect.org. Ruby Voodoo Rose.
picture credits: Plantselect.org. Ruby Voodoo Rose.

Which rose to choose for drought tolerance is not necessarily a guessing game. Horticulturists in Texas have done a lot of work for us on that subject and created a list called Earth-Kind Roses. These shrubs are selected to survive drought, cold and disease with minimal intervention. My favorites on the list are pink: The Fairy (polyantha), Cecile Brunner (polyantha), New Dawn (large flowered climber). Continue reading “roses and the Utah gardener part 3”

ollas

picture credits: Down to E Earth in Eugene, OR.
picture credits: Down to  Earth in Eugene, OR.

Ollas… nice looking clay pots you pay a lot for and then proceed to burry to the hilt in dry parts of your garden to irrigate a few plant efficiently. Ollas, I need you, but I refuse to dig you out in the winter… what to do… what to do?  I think I will do a test run for the  hellstrip along our detached garage with two clay pots joined together at the rim with calk such as those.

the hellstrip is on the right of the path. Cosmos don't seem to mind the dire lack of water but lesser plants have perished there.
the hellstrip is on the right of the path. Cosmos don’t seem to mind the dire lack of water but lesser plants have perished there.

Two reed grasses (variety unknown) are doing well in the space but I would like some “Little Spire” Russian Sage to thrive in this site. The plants I put there this spring look tiny and anemic still. Confession time: All Russian sages fail in my garden, apparently they need more water than they receive where I tuck them in. It a sore point for me, every one can grow Russian sages apparently… Maybe the ollas will be the key. If not it’s bye bye sage, no fuss, no buts, no coconuts!