Regions / New Mexico
Selecting plants suited to the climate of New Mexico is a key step to success.
A plant's performance is governed by many climate related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind or humidity. Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance, but also on precipitations, wind, humidity and various other climate related factors.
Strongly scented, award-winning Wisteria brachybotrys 'Okayama' produces masses of hanging sprays, up to 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), of fragrant, pea-like, pale lilac flowers with a large and conspicuous white spot. Opening from rich violet buds, they bloom early in the season in late spring.
Highly scented, award-winning Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro-Kapitan' is a gorgeous climber with flowers of great beauty. It produces masses of hanging sprays, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), of fragrant, pea-like, snow-white flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot.
Noted for its foliage and lovely scent, award-winning Wisteria brachybotrys 'Showa-Beni' is a gorgeous climber with flowers of great beauty. It produces masses of hanging sprays, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), of fragrant, pea-like, pink and white flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot.
A famous Wisteria variety that can be admired on the Japanese Bridge, in Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Wisteria floribunda 'Alba' is a beautiful white flowered Japanese Wisteria with very long clusters, up to 24 in. long (60 cm), of pea-like, fragrant white flowers.
Award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Domino' (Japanese Wisteria) is a deciduous climber with twining stems of great beauty. It produces masses of drooping clusters, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), with fragrant, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lilac and deep violet with a yellow spot in the throat.
Noted for its excellent fragrance, Wisteria floribunda 'Kuchi Beni' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of very long drooping clusters, up to 18 in. long (45 cm), packed with pea-like, pale mauve-pink flowers, tipped with purple.
One of the best pale blue Wisteria cultivars, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Lawrence' (Japanese Wisteria) produces stunning tresses of sweetly scented, pea-like flowers, up to 20 in. long (50 cm). They are densely packed with pale blue-violet blooms (up to 170!)
Noted for its excellent fragrance and voluptuous floral display, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' or 'Multijuga' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of extraordinarily long hanging clusters, up to 40 in. long (100 cm), packed with pea-like, lilac flowers with dark violet markings.
Wisteria floribunda 'Murasaki Noda' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of drooping clusters, up to 10 in. long (25 cm), with fragrant, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lavender and violet blue.
Noted for its excellent fragrance, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Rosea' (Pink Japanese Wisteria) is a strong-growing climber with twining stems of great beauty. It produces masses of very long drooping clusters, up to 24 in. long (60 cm), packed with pea-like, pale rose flowers tipped with purple.
Among the darkest purple Wisteria cultivars, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Royal Purple' (Japanese Wisteria) produces stunning tresses of sweetly scented, pea-like violet flowers, up to 20 in. long (50 cm).
A very pretty double-flowered Wisteria, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Violacea Plena' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of hanging clusters, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), packed with lightly scented, violet-blue, double flowers.
A remarkable double-flowered Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda 'Yae-kokuryu' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of hanging clusters, up to 20 in. long (50 cm), packed with lightly scented, dark purple, double flowers.
Native to the U.S, Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle) is a very ornamental, broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring a basal rosette of rigid, sword-shaped, spine-tipped, deep green leaves edged with curly filaments. They are topped in late spring or early summer with a dramatic flowering stalk reaching 5-8 ft. (150-240 cm)
Perhaps the most handsome yucca, Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) is a very ornamental, slow-growing, evergreen tree-like yucca forming a perfectly symmetrical pom-pom, full of hundreds of 2 ft. long (60 cm), sharp-tipped, pale bluish-green leaves. This shimmering rosette is mounted atop a tree trunk, which is covered with the soft gray fibers of the old leaves, creating a silver haze.
Considered one of the most beautiful Magnolias, Magnolia denudata is a large deciduous shrub or small tree. Upright and cup-shaped when borne, its creamy to ivory white flowers, 3 in. long (8 cm), gracefully open their 9-12 tepals as they mature, resembling lilies. The tepals sometimes display a tinge of pink at their base, adding to the beauty of the bloom.
Prized for its graceful shape, clean serrated foliage and attractive bark, award-winning Zelkova serrata (Japanese Zelkova) is a spreading deciduous tree with an upward-branching, vase-shaped crown. The foliage of neatly toothed, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves warms up to attractive shades of gold, dark red or cinnamon in fall.
Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Coral' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with brilliant coral petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape. Blooming profusely over a lengthy season extending from early summer to frost, this Zinnia is a vigorous and excellent performer in all climates.