Brigham tea, otherwise known as Ephedra viridis.
Brigham tea is known for its drought resistance as well
as for its medicinal value. I like it for a nice evergreen
splash in even the driest areas.
When time allows, I love to go to parks and gardens. The more diverse the plant material is the happier I am. This fall I went to a garden that specializes in drought resistant or 'waterwise' gardening.
|When looking at plants that I am not as familiar with|
I take a photo of the name tag so I don't forget the
name when I get home.
In an area that averages only fifteen inches of precipitation a year, I am always impressed by the color and vitality that can come to a garden with little or no additional water. Of course it takes a little planning and a lot of study to get it right.
|On the upper left, out of the camera, is a plum tree that|
requires more water than this poor, soaked rabbit brush.
When planting areas with different water needs it is
important to provide a buffer zone to protect each type
|I had read about Hummingbird flower in the past, but I |
had never seen them blooming in person.
I also think parks and gardens say something about the community they grow in. In the case of this garden, it is more of a library that the entire region can access.
|I made sure I photographed the label. I don't want to|
forget this one!
For a wonderful time with plants the Central Utah Gardens are at: