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Texas "horned toad" is a common nickname for this lizard, and you can see why. But whether you prefer horned "lizard" or "toad," this one looks awfully handsome basking amongst these drought-resistant plants. As promised, my Route 66 gallery, although geared to landscaping, does not totally turn a blind eye to roadside attractions This picture is of one of the ten Cadillacs lined up to form the famous display at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. Each of the ten is partially buried in the ground, head-first.
Photo of windbreak using juniper trees. If ever a landscape needed a windbreak, it's the landscape of the Texas Panhandle But the trees in the windbreak need to be tough in this harsh environment, plagued as it is by drought and strong winds. Enter the juniper tree. These evergreen trees were the closest thing to a constant, in terms of plant sightings, in our Route 66 travels.
In a dry climate such as that in New Mexico, you could do worse than to plant yucca. Whether in people's landscaping or out in the desert, yucca plants are your constant companion as you drive Route 66 through New Mexico.
Interestingly, though, yucca is not just a plant of the Western deserts. Yucca filamentosa , or "Adam's needle," is native to Southeastern America and does just fine as far north as the New England states. Both in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe, we witnessed a liberal usage of pyracantha plants in the landscaping, a tribute to the drought tolerance of pyracantha Of course, pyracantha has wonderful aesthetic appeal, as well.
Teamed here with wisteria , it helps set off a stylish Southwestern entryway. Evergreens dominate in the area surrounding Santa Fe, but there are also some aspen trees With so few deciduous trees around, the aspen tree in this photo stands out like a sore thumb with its golden fall foliage. The related cottonwood trees inject a similar gold color into the autumn countryside in this part of the U. Sometimes, when you travel far away, you're a bit surprised to encounter an "old friend" from back home Virginia creeper is an aggressive vine in the Northeastern U.
But in the Southwest, Virginia creeper is relatively anemic. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing:. Regardless, Virginia creeper dresses up the Southwestern masonry wall in this picture nicely, displaying its red fall foliage and blue berries. The fall color of Boston ivy is showcased on this Santa Fe adobe wall I adore the look of Boston ivy climbing the walls of a building. If you want to use Boston ivy in this manner, however, first make sure you're ready for a permanent commitment to it. For, once Boston ivy plants sink their " holdfasts " into a wall, that's just what they do: hold fast.
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And it will be difficult to pull the Boston ivy off without doing the wall considerable harm. The holdfasts at the ends of the tendrils of Boston ivy vines cling tightly to a wall. If you want the lovely look without risking damage to your wall, it's safer to train Boston ivy upon a trellis, pergola or arbor. This driveway gate in New Mexico features a Kokopelli design The kokopelli is a Native American symbol -- appropriate for New Mexico landscaping. New Mexico is famous for its Native American pueblos.
Prickly pear cactus Opuntia compressa is the only cactus found widely in eastern North America But it looks much more at home in Arizona. Prickly pear cactus grows to be about 6"" tall, and it bears showy yellow flowers , 2"-3" in diameter. The specimen shown in this picture is laden with the fruit that succeeds the flowers of prickly pear cactus.
For landscaping purposes, note that a prickly pear cactus in bloom positioned next to a red hen and chicks plant makes for a striking rock garden tandem.
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When Easterners travel West, they can't help but notice some of the striking formations of red rocks along the way In the picture above, some of those red rocks are put to good landscaping use in a stone wall. That wall, in turn, serves as the foundation for a rustic fence that would have made Zane Grey proud. Northern Arizona, where I snapped this photo, was Grey's old stomping grounds. As noted earlier, we saw plenty of aspen trees and the related cottonwoods in northern New Mexico, and those sightings continued in northern Arizona Another of the deciduous trees found in northern Arizona landscaping is the Lombardy poplar pictured here , which belongs to that same poplar family.
Lombardy poplar trees were another of those constants on the trip: plants we observed in neighborhoods in just about all areas along Route We found Bradford pear trees , too, to be a popular choice in landscape plantings across the country. Evergreen trees in northern Arizona include ponderosa pines, Englemann spruce, blue spruce and juniper.
Travelers will, of course, view some palms as they pass through the Southwestern U. It's impressive the way the homeowner here has managed to carve out a space in which to grow the palm in such hilly country. The picture exhibits a nice example of terracing using small retaining walls. No discussion of plant life in the desert Southwest would be complete without mention of tumbleweed plants, that staple of the old Westerns All romance aside, tumbleweeds are really just a type of invasive plant from Eurasia, known as "Russian thistle. Ditching its roots and becoming mobile with the help of the wind , it rolls all over the place and plays Johnny Appleseed, dispersing its numerous seeds as it goes.
Tumbleweeds easily become tangled up in fences and other obstacles, but a strong wind can shoot them along for miles. The best example of this we saw came while driving in northern New Mexico during a thunderstorm. High winds were whipping the rain in every direction -- but they were whipping more than just the rains. Tumbleweeds were crossing the highway with reckless abandon, bounding over every obstacle in their path like Olympic hurdlers. There's no way for me to estimate how great a distance those tumbleweeds traveled that night in just a matter of minutes!
Folks are easily fooled about the flowers of bougainvillea plants. And spelling its name gives them fits What appears to be the flower of bougainvillea is actually a foliar structure referred to as a "bract. Poinsettia is another well-known tropical plant that depends on bracts for its appeal. Bougainvilleas and poinsettias have something else in common, too. Both have confusing names. And in each case, we can blame it on the guy the plant is named after:. Endings "ia" and "a," respectively were appended to make the words sound more like plant names.
And thus were born two of the most butchered words in the English language. For "poinsettia," it's the pronunciation that's the problem, mainly. People regularly insert a T after the N, so that the word most often ends up being mispronounced as point-SET-uh. In the case of "bougainvillea," it's mainly in spelling it that you can easily go wrong. The name just seems to have too many darned vowels in it! It's hard to get the pronunciation wrong, though; but only because there are so many legitimate choices.
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The first syllable of "bougainvillea" can be pronounced either with a U sound or an O sound. Even after you've decided how to pronounce the first syllable, there are still three acceptable variations in how to pronounce "bougainvillea. Although classified as a vine, bougainvillea often acts more like a shrub. As you can see from the picture, it can be used, e.
Besides the red shown in the photo, bougainvillea flowers also come in pink, purple and yellow. To coax as many bougainvillea flowers out of your plant as possible, grow it in full sun and provide sufficient irrigation. If pruning is deemed necessary, do so just after the bougainvillea flowers have gone by. After traveling west through rural desert areas on Route 66 for so long, one is struck, upon arriving in Needles, California, by the sudden reappearance of flowers.
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The town festoons itself with flowering shrubs, offering an oasis for the traveler who has had an eyeful of yucca and sagebrush. Red bird of paradise was just one of the dazzling shrubs to delight our eyes before leaving to cross the Mojave Desert. Earlier I mentioned the profusion of blooms to be found in Needles, California, and oleander shrubs Nerium oleander are a big part of that bonanza If you're interested in xeriscaping in a warm climate but still wish to achieve superb color in the yard, the siren song of the oleander shrubs will probably eventually reach your ears.
When it does, you'll have a decision to make, since these beauties are poisonous plants. If children or pets will be around, you may want to reconsider planting oleander shrubs.
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That's a pretty good indication that lantana flowers are heat-tolerant plants. Although they come in other colors, lantanas with orange flowers are perhaps the most vibrant. Well adapted to Mediterranean climates, Italian cypress trees are popular in California landscaping If you're seeking a specimen that's columnar in form for your California landscaping but don't care much for Lombardy poplars or want an evergreen tree , consider Italian cypress trees. Another possibility is Leyland cypress , although it does not grow with as severely columnar a form.
But I'll wager no lawn has ever passed the "manicured" test better than this planting of cactus surrounded by stone mulch in a California yard. In such dry climates, look for alternatives to lawns if you wish to achieve a low-maintenance front yard.
With its Mediterranean climate, California is well suited to growing olive trees Whether you use the fruits or not, olive trees add value to a property with their attractive silver foliage. One of the other common names for Joshua trees is "yucca trees," which -- considering that Joshua trees are really just a tall type of yucca -- seems a more apt name.
Joshua trees are a symbol of the Mojave Desert and its environs. The one in the picture was growing in Barstow, California. Wondering how to make bottle trees? They're relatively easy to make, although building a forest of them such as that shown in the picture will take some time In referring to bottle trees here, note that I am talking about a type of garden art, not about "bottlebrush" trees Callistemon rigidus. There's all sorts of Southern lore as to how bottle trees originally came to be created, the gist of it being that evil spirits roaming the countryside at night were thought to become ensnared in the bottles; the morning sun then fried them in their glass prisons.
But from a purely artistic standpoint, the concept behind making them is relatively straightforward. Basically, you need to come up with:. It's possible to build very simple bottle trees or very elaborate ones. On the simple end of the spectrum, here are a couple of ideas:. To stabilize the trunks of bottle trees, folks typically dig a hole, place the bottom of the trunk in, and pour concrete. Unusual Mailbox Post. Landscaping in the U. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews.
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