2022 #2 Planting for a Post-Wild New Mexico

Subdivision: Anasazi Meadows
Owner/ Designer: Michael Payton
Garden Type or Features: rewilding, habitat patch, adaptation, resiliency, biodiversity, hybrid plant communities, landscape ecology, green stormwater infrastructure.

Artist in the Garden: Karen Jacobs

Description: A patch of earth makes a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. This landscape explores the idea of blending the wild and the cultivated, weaving layers of compatible plant species that thrive on a disturbed and degraded site.

The designed plant communities create an environment that reflects natural systems. Zooming in to the micro-level provides habitat that supports many insect species. These hybrid plant communities increase biodiversity and greater ecological function.

The naturalistic planting of this property incorporates green stormwater infrastructure. Other features include a rockery of succulents, a native shrub and grassland, a mosaic slope planting for erosion control and a meadow matrix within a courtyard oasis. Stunning views look beyond the arroyo to a horse ranch and the magnificent Sandias.

The garden is designed and maintained by Michael Payton, landscape designer, arborist and environmental steward of land ethics.

Click here to view and download the plant list as a pdf file.


Acer grandidentatum  –Bigtooth Maple

Chilopsis linearis – Desert Willow

Fraxius velutina ‘Rio Grande’ – Rio Grande Ash

Forestiera neomexicana – New Mexico Olive

Juniperus monosperma – One-Seed Juniper

Pinus edulis  –Piñon Pine – Vitex – Chaste Tree


Atriplex canescens – Fourwing Saltbush

Buddleja – Butterfly Bush

Chamaebatiaria millefolium – Fernbush

Ericameria laricifolia – Turpentine Bush

Ericameria nauseosa – Chamisa

Fallugia paradoxa – Apache Plume

Krascheninnikovia lanata – Winterfat

Lycium pallidum – Wolfberry

Lonicera fragrantissima – Winter Honeysuckle

Mahonia repens – Creeping Mahonia

Parthenium incanum – Mariola

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Hallman Dwarf’ – Shrubby cinquefoil

Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’ – Creeping Sumac

Salvia greggii – Furman’s Red Salvia

Salvia greggii – Mirage Violet Salvia

Teucrium chamaedrys – Wall Germander


Bouteloua curtipendula

Sideoats Grama

Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’

Blue Grama Grass

Eragrostis trichodes

Sand Lovegrass

Helictrichon sempervirens – Blue oat Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens – Deergrass

Nassella tenuissima – Mexican Feathergrass

Schizachyrium scoparium – Little Bluestem


Achillea ‘Moonshine’ – Moonshine Yarrow

Achillea ‘Red Velvet’ – Red Velvet Yarrow

Agastache ‘Kudos Mandarin’ – Hummingbird Mint

Agastache neomexicana – New Mexico Hummingbird Mint

Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Golden Queen’ – Golden Columbine

Artemisia frigida – Fringed Sage

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ – Wormwood

Berlandiera – Chocolate Flower

Coreopsis ‘Mercury Rising’ – Mercury Rising Tickseed

Echinacea purpurea ‘Prima Donna Rose’ – Purple Coneflower

Ephedra equisetina – Bluestem Ephedra

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Ballerina Rose’ – Ballerina Rose Gaura

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ – Rozanne Geranium

Heuchera ‘Caramel’ – Caramel Coral Bells

Heuchera ‘Northern Exposure Red’ – Northern Exposure Red Coral Bells

Heuchera x bryzoides ‘Weston Pink’ – Weston Pink Coral Bells

Linum lewsii – Wild Blue Flax

Mirabilis multiflora – Wild Four o’clock

Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ – Dark Towers Beardtongue

Penstemon pinifolius – Pineleaf Beardtongue

Ratibida columnifera Prairie Coneflower

Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ – May Night Sage

Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ – Pincushion Flower

Teucrium canadense – Creeping Germander


Echinocereus triglochidiatus – Kingcup Cactus

Hesperaloe parviflora ‘MSWNPERMA’ Desert Dusk Red Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Yellow’ Yellow Texas Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Perpa’ Brakelights Red Yucca

Opuntia – Prickly Pear Cactus

Sedum ‘Chocolate Fountain’ Chocolate Fountain Sedum

Sempervivum – Hens & Chicks

Yucca faxoniana – Spanish Dagger Tree Yucca