Plant lust and conservation

I should know that every time I go looking at gardens I come home with a new ‘must have’ garden plant. Today was no exception. The new darling is salvia pachyphylla. Yoweeeeeee. She’s a looker! I can’t wait to have her. The plant is about 3 feet tall, small grayish white ruffled leaves (think white like clary sage or white sage) and has 4-6 inch gorgeous rich purple flowers. Its about 3-4 feet in diameter, a zone 5 plant and very very drought tolerant. I am not going to tell you where to get this until I have bought a half dozen for myself. Sorry. But that’s how I am.

Meg Roberts, a local landscape architect and garden diva in her own right, had the star garden on today’s tour. After seeing Meg’s garden, I need a) some of the aforementioned salvia, b) some of that gorgeous decomposed granite [source: Emmett ID] for pathways, c) some blue gramma grass, d) and buffalo grass. I think I could even talk my husband into switching out the front lawn for some buffalo grass. Once a month watering for the front yard.
And while you are at it and thinking about cleaning up your act and losing your lawn, check out this “Smaller American Lawns Today” website. I am just going to keep on digging in the back yard. See if anyone notices that the turf is disappearing. I know right where my new salvia pachy-whatcha-call-ems are going.

I learned a lot today. Not from the tour, but when I came home and started doing my so called “homework” I tapped into some very valuable information from a number of websites. Slow the Flow is a well-designed, educational conservation program in Jordan Valley UT. Its a good idea to read through all the pages of the site, and follow as many links as you have time for. They obviously understand the whole notion of money talks because they even offer up to $250 for a rebate to homeowners who install state of the art irrigation timer/sensors. I have been wanting one of those for two years. Hmmmmm. Gotta have a little chat with United Water.