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Driveway Pavers

Driveway pavers are an excellent way to improve your home’s curb appeal, in addition to having the practical benefits of never having to replenish material (unlike a gravel driveway), providing erosion control on a steep driveway and making it easier to shovel when there is snow on the ground. Driveway pavers come in a multitude of sizes and 


Five of the Best Deciduous Shrubs for Santa Fe

Five of my favorite deciduous shrubs for gardens in the Santa Fe area are Roses, Western Sand Cherry, Dwarf Korean lilac, Red twig dogwood and Edible Raspberry shrubs. Deciduous shrubs are a good way to provide color and structure to the landscape, with the added benefit of being more tolerant of dog traffic and requiring 


Five of the Best Perennials for Sunny Spots In Santa Fe Gardens

Five of my favorite perennials for sunny spots in Santa Fe gardens are Pineleaf penstemon, Hummingbird mint, Lavender, Autumn Joy Sedum and Grey Germander. All of these have long lasting blooms, are drought tolerant and love full sun. — Peggy Wright (Masters in Landscape Architecture)              


Five of the Best Perennials for Those Shady Spots In Your Santa Fe Gardens

Five of my favorite perennials for those shady corners of your Santa Fe garden include ‘Honorine Jobert’ Anemone, Cranesbill, Coral Bells, Echinacea, and Plumbago. — Peggy Wright (Masters in Landscape Architecture)                    


Hints for Working with a Landscape Designer

As winter melts into spring, it is time to make plans for next summer’s garden. Whether you have bare earth or sections of an existing landscape that could use a little reworking, winter months are the perfect time to meet with EcoScapes landscape designer, Peggy Wright, and draw up plans for a new garden. After careful consideration of the past 


Southwest Garden Superstar!

Indigo bush, false indigo, or Amorpha fruticosa is a native plant to most the United States and a portion of Canada. Its large geographic range hints at its adaptability and tenacity for growth which, consequently, makes this plant an ideal choice for a myriad of different landscape conditions. Amorpha fruticosa gets its common name from 


Now Is the Time to Have your Pinons Pruned

Pruning of live Pinon branches in Santa Fe is best done between November and March. Opening wounds at other times of the year can make the tree susceptible to a Bark Beetle infestation which can potentially kill your tree.  Pruning a Pinon Pine can transform the tree from a generic specimen to a captivating focal point, as long as, the pruning is 


Sacred Datura Datura Meteloides

Datura or Datura meteloides is one of my personal favorites for its drought tolerance, tolerance of poor soil, striking appearance, and mysterious nature.   This plant is considered an icon of the Southwest thanks to Georgia O’Keeffe’s many famous paintings of the plant. Datura has a long history with the Native peoples of the Southwest and was