welcome back to Southwest yard and
garden I’m Curtis Smith we’ve returned to the Rio Grande botanic garden and
again visiting with Dale Sucarry who’s going to show us some of the plants that
are grown in the collection here which are appropriate either native or well
adapted to growing in different regions of New Mexico which will be good in our
landscapes -[Dale] welcome back definitely the whole garden actually is designed to
follow the path of a drop of water from northern New Mexico all the way through
the Gulf of Mexico and the plant communities represented here are
following the same theme so we have representation from plant communities in
northern New Mexico to central New Mexico to southern New Mexico and the
plans that cannot take our winter like say the lower part of the Chihuahua
dessert around Las Cruces and further south our house in the desert
conservatory the rest of the plans as you see they start with the northern New
Mexico like the Colombians -[Curtis] oh that’s beautiful -[Dale] the mellows, the penstemons all the way into
the Apache plumes and the orcas now we’re going to transition from the
northern new mexico area to the central new mexico area and you can see that the
vegetation is still changes characteristics and we go from larger
trees too smaller shorter trees one of which is this one this is the scrub live
oak and it’s a very good tea for dry landscape where you don’t have to give
it any supplemental water one sh– once established and you can see that it
has the characteristic oak leaf on it and right [inaudible] actually it’s in bloom
I don’t know if you can you can find– -[Curtis] here some blossoms here and I noticed even the lake worms are forming right here -[Dale] right and it’s a good tree because
it doesn’t have too many enemies diseases or insects it stands a lot of
harsh environment and it’s a very good tree for landscape -[Curtis] and it’s pretty -[Dale] it is
and then from here we’ll go to the escarpment area where we have other
larger trees different type of grasses and plants but we also have the
geological representation of that area with the lava rocks that is in that area
of New Mexico -[Curtis] well let’s go look at them -[Dale] let’s go -[Curtis] well Dale now we’re really in the
escarpment this is full of pretty plants these are native? -[Dale] right most of these
plants that you see are native and very strong growers like this locus right
here -[Curtis] black locust -[Dale] black locust is native and it has those white clusters of
flowers the pinion is the state tree and it has economic value obviously -[Curtis] [inaudible] right
here -[Dale] the red penstemon and right next to the penstemon is the chocolate
flower and I think you can smell the chocolate and that–[inaudible] -[Curtis] smells good right
move through some other thing here’s some more locust -[Dale] right -[Curtis] creates a little
shade along the way that’s nice -[Dale] it is really nice -[Curtis] I see this sage the
cherry sage over here -[Dale] right that’s the one of the salvias that we have here and
we have different color blooms on it and of course this is the false indigo and
you can see that it has a lot of blooms to it and it’s got a different texture
to the foliage too -[Curtis] mm-hmm it looks like we’ve just really missed the best
bloom though -[Dale] right it’s a little bit delayed for us right now -[Curtis] I smell something good -[Dale] oh I bet I know what you’re talking about -[Curtis] ah there is okay yes I like the cliff rose well Dale we’re in what is appropriate
for southern New Mexico now so good representation of that is rocky -[Dale] that’s right it’s a dryer area the soil is different and you can see the depletion
itself to change to from the sages like this salvia grggii that we have but in
the meantime it is dry environment but it’s very colorful still -[Curtis] what if– -[Dale] now this poralway this is like the yellow blooming one there is another one that’s
red blooming and we also can see that there was a lot of different types of
yuccas and different types of cacti -[Curtis] mm-hum -[Dale] and ah prickly pear for example
different kind of plates from the green blue to the purple and to the hedgehogs
and [inaudible] bloom you can see how colorful -[Curtis] look at that, that -[Dale] they are -[Curtis] people don’t
realize the cactus can be so beautiful -[Dale] it sure can -[Curtis] when they’re blooming
they’re spectacular -[Dale] absolutely and then we have another example of a blooming
plant that’s ideal for rock gardens and for this kind of application it comes in
this purple color or yellow and it does very very well even on the dry
conditions here -[Curtis] in the really southern part of state there others some of
which are more annual but bright orange and reds -[Dale] that’s right -[Curtis] but beautiful
creeping plant for a rock garden -[Dale] right and then your favorite plant the penstemon (laughing) again it goes everywhere from northern New Mexico to south- southern New
Mexico and with different color flowers and different shapes of leaves -[Curtis] you get the red one here and a purple one up there -[Dale] right -[Curtis] really pretty and I
noticed you’ve got the ocotillo getting ready to bloom desert willows doing well
Dale this is beautiful thank you -[Dale] thank you very much for coming -[Curtis] you need to come see it [Music Playing]