2016 Garden #1

This garden showcases beautiful vines, both grape and Virginia creeper, off the front and back entrance portals and established turf and a variety of planting beds along with an extraordinary south view of the Sandia Mountains from the back yard.

The owners have lived in this Placitas adobe residence for close to 30 years and have done all landscaping, terracing, and planting using their own design and labor. The owners have maintained the native junipers and pinons around their garden landscape and have only pruned the lower branches to allow room for walking paths and visibility. The junipers provide enough shelter for birds and nesting areas for small mammals. The owners have achieved wildlife certification for their back yard habitat from the National Wildlife Federation. The garden beds are planted with bulbs, flowering perennials, ground cover and native shrubs, which provide seed, flowers and protection for pollinators. The terraces create an expansive elevated area for the pool lounging area and surrounding landscape. If the family is not using the swimming pool area, they are enjoying playing ball and other games in the cool turf areas during warm weather.

 Plant List for Garden #1

TREES
Juniper
Pinon
Russian Olive
Desert Olive
Oklahoma Red Bud
Purple Plum
Mugo Pine
VINES
Virginia Creeper (front portal)
Red Flame Grape  (back portal L.)
Ruby Grape   (back portal R.)
Honeysuckle
Varigated Ivy
PERRENIALS
Coneflowers
Columbine
Chrysanthemum
Maximilian
Hostas
Iris
Day Lillies
Monarda
Blue Flax
Lavender
Pineleaf Penstemon
Other Penstemon
Primrose
Lily of the Valley
Asters
Coreopsis
SHRUBS
Forsythia
Euonymous
Bayberry
White flower?
Russian Sage
Chamisa
Roses
Ground Cover Juniper

 

ANNUALS
Petunia
Viola
Pansies
Cosmos
Lantana
Marigold
Nasturtium

 

GRASSES
Fountain (2 types)
Silky Thread
Triathalawn
Muhly
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