Fall planting the fence and more

There is a new fenceline now that ash is gone. Its a sunny east facing spot. Without irrigation and with poor soil, the plants must be xeric. So although I like switchgrass, it might not like just how dry the site could end up. I intend to give them a good mulching in case.

  • Switchgrass swaying in the breeze
  • Bold purples of salvias
  • Buttery coronation gold yarrow

1 oz of switchgrass seed planted along the back of fence will weave in and out of salvia and yarrow. Its red seed heads in fall will be a lovely backdrop to the purple asters. I will need to mulch them as they grow so that it retains a bit of moisture. But only the hearty will survive.

The Coronation Gold yarrow will be a bright light amongst the early evening shadows.

A sketch of the fence planting.

Three kinds of native/nativar Salvia will grow in the poor soils of the fence bed along with the iris. So many purple shades of the cultivar ‘Ultra Violet’, a selection of Salvia greggii. Waving around above is the native blues of Salvia azurea. Found in the short grass prairies of Colorado and Utah, east into the tall grasses that stretch across the midwest and southeast. The variety from High Country will hopefully be a selection that can tolerate the dry heat it will be subjected to here.

The bold colors of the salvias I’ve chosen. Backed by the faded cedar.

Last but not least the punch of the Flowerkisser Dark Shadows Sage. The name gives me goosebumps. These salvias do not have the thick suede leaves of old world Salvias like Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night‘. All have been purchased from High Country Gardens, an online retailer that once was a Sante Fe local nursery owned by horticultarist David Salman.

Take care

Caring for salvias is easy, although deadheading is a must! You may want watch David Salman’s technique. In no time you will have long blooming salvia to enjoy all summer.

David Salman in 2008

My plans to achieve a natural homeostasis began with a High Country Gardens catalog in 2001. Seeing so many gorgeous low water and low maintenance plants turned gardening into a passion.

Thank you David for all the great plant introductions. It was sad to hear of your passing even though I never met you, we are kindred in plant love. I visited Sante Fe in 2008 and there we fell for the cold hardy, higher altitude and dry summered place. It was the dead of winter, a bitter cold December. We stopped at a closed garden shop – though I don’t recall its name. Perhaps I did try to meet.

Well — now off I go.

Its time to prepare the ground for such a pretty new bed.

Too bad its 97 degrees today! Yikes

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.