Barr Gardens 7
Alkali Sacaton

Common name:Oleander
Botanical name:Nerium oleander

Oleander is a dense, upright evergreen shrub that grows quickly to 6' x 4'. Leaves are dark green, leathery, and glossy. Accepts reflected sun. Flowers appear spring to fall. Excellent screen. Good summer color. Native to the Mediterranean.

Alkali Sacaton

Common name:Alkali Sacaton
Botanical name:Sporobolus airoides

Grass grows to 3' x 3'. It has grayish green leaves. Fall color is yellow turning tan. Pink flowers clusters appear in summer and fall with erect, showy plumes to 5'. Tolerant of the alkaline soils of the southwest. A good reclamation plant as well as an ornamental. Deep rooted, durable and drought tolerant.

Designer: Jennifer Barr

Barr Gardens 7

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.

Water Saving Tip:

As the weather gets hotter avoid the temptation to increase run times.

Instead, schedule more start times with one to two hours in between to allow the water from the previous session to soak in before watering again.

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.