When homeowners plan landscapes or stroll through a garden center, they often gravitate to brightly colored flowers. And every garden needs some color, so that’s great. But flowering plants have seasons when they bloom, depending on the average temperatures in a low or high desert region.
Catmint, or Nepeta faassenii, is a tough plant that is easy to grow in many Southwest gardens. A member of the mint family, the plant spreads easily, so it makes an excellent groundcover. Each individual plant grows to about 18 inches wide and its purple flower spikes rise nearly the same height. This fun plant attracts
Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is purple. More precisely, it’s Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet. Pantone, which provides color matching for printing and design, says the deep purple color mimics colors in nature. Gardeners agree, of course. Here are my 5 favorite purple perennials to grow in a Southwest garden.
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