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Mexican or Texas Needle Grass
Mountain Agave
Mexican or Texas Needle Grass

Common name:Mexican or Texas Needle Grass
Botanical name:Nassella tenuissima

The Mexican Fan Grass is a beautiful, fine, airy grass that is emerald green in color. It has many soft yellow-beige flower stalks in the spring. This grass grows 1' x 2' and is drought tolerant.

Mountain Agave

Common name:Mountain Agave
Botanical name:Agave montana

This medium-sized artichoke-like agave reaches a mature size of 3' x 5'. Leaves are glossy green to light green, with large teeth and a terminal spine. Highly toothed leaf margins leave distinctive prints on other leaves. Very tolerant of cold, heat, drought , and poor soils. Can be planted in full sun,although partial shade is best in the low desert. Native to NE Mexico.


Common name:Catmint
Botanical name:Nepeta X faassenii

Nepeta faassenii makes soft, gray green, undulating mounds that are 1.5' high when blooming. The small leaves are attractive to cats. This perennial has lavender blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

Designer: Sallie Homan

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Physical weed control, including mulching, or hand removal protects the watershed from harmful chemicals.

Water Saving Tip:

Different areas of your landscape have different water requirements.

Shrubs need much less water than lawns and drip systems should never be scheduled on the same program with lawns.

Establish separate watering schedules for those areas.

Integrated Pest Management:

Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.