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Native Plant Highlights

The last couple weeks have been busy and the blog has suffered for it. Sometimes living life takes precedence over recording it. I'm still trying to find my balance again with my busy new schedule and will do my best to get back to posting weekly.

For this week, I'm featuring some of my favorite native plants from May. I know, it's a bit late, but I wanted to share these photos.

Some of my favorite native plants in mid to late spring are the native penstemons. I love the evergreen, semi-shrubby mat-forming species. Many of them grow in the mountains and may struggle in the higher summer temperatures and longer dry season of the lower elevations, but can be grown successfully with careful siting. In my garden, I have the most success in a bed that gets sun until about 2pm, with shade during the hottest part of the day. A raised bed amended with gravel provides good drainage. Watering deeply, as often as every 2 weeks at the height of summer, keeps them from turning to a cri…

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