Snow on Cactus


There is some thing really sublime about new snow in the garden. Freshly fallen snow works it’s magic highlighting boulders, stone fountains, stucco walls and plants with particularly strong structures. One of my favorite plants for winter interest, ornamental grasses, get bent and broken by the weight of snow, yet many cactus varieties hold their form and really stand out with a dusting of snow. Blue Agave, Red yucca, Beargrass and yucca baccata are all hardy in Santa Fe and strong enough to hold up to the weight of a recent snowfall. Make sure to add cold hardy cactus to your garden for an extremely hardy, xeric plant with four seasons of interest.  

—Peggy Wright (Masters of Landscape Architecture)