Santa Fe Gardening

Santafe.com - July 14, 2011

"This blog will touch on the principles of ruthless gardening and effective designing in meeting the challenges of Santa Fe landscaping"

Landscaping in Santa Fe brings great challenges and provides even greater rewards. At an elevation of over 7000 feet, we sit in at least three planting zones providing a limited but wide selection of plant choices. Even plants that can survive in these zones need to overcome the limited water, high altitude and drying winds; it can be a ruthless experience for garden and gardener.

To be a successful gardener in Santa Fe is to become even more ruthless; Knowing when to hold ‘em and when to pull ‘em when it comes to plants will save a lot of time and heartache. Just because a plant is living doesn’t mean it isn’t time to give it a new life in the compost pile.

Creating the cool lushness of a high desert paradise is possible but, requires a sense of ruthlessness in honoring the terrain while battling cliché and clay harnessing and harvesting limited yet powerful water. 

These are but a few of the challenges that await the ruthless gardener. Once overcome, the challenges become the elements that contribute to the enchanting landscapes that make up life behind adobe walls.

This blog will touch on the principles of ruthless gardening and effective designing in meeting the challenges of Santa Fe landscaping. As a designer I hope to offer unique and practical advice in ruthless gardening. Your questions and input will go a long way in helping create a community of ruthless gardeners.