August 22, 2016 at 10:16AM

As part of my ongoing education, I will be in the #bosque for the next month working on the annual #vegetation survey for the B.E.M.P. (Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project) This project is very important to me because it allows us to monitor native plants that we use in our #landscapes over the course of years in their natural habitat. It connects the company to the middle Rio Grande area and deepens our awareness of the local environment.

July 14, 2016 at 06:28PM

A beautiful #cutstone #retainingwall surrounds this cobblestone #basin which catches rain water shred from a nearby #patio The sprawling plant is a #native called Yerba Mansa. It typically grows in the Bosque so is no stranger to getting it's feet wet. It will spread and fill in the entire basin in the future but has already come a long way in just it's second year. This beautiful install was performed single handedly by our very own @louiswilcoxart

July 12, 2016 at 11:58AM

Another completed #landscape install up in #highdesert This project came to us through one of the most revered landscape designers in Albuquerque, Judith Phillips. It required #erosion control along the bank of the #arroyo that cut through the property. We built up the sides with #boulders, maintained the native grasses and planted #native #wildflowers and #shrubs song the sides to address erosion and add #natural beauty. #plants #landscaping #southwesthorticulture

Busily designing for the second half of the season. Here we have what we'll be a rock garden with year round color and interest. It's never too late to start a plan! #southwesthorticulture #Albuquerque #landscape #landscaping #landscapedesign

Busily designing for the second half of the season. Here we have what we'll be a rock garden with year round color and interest. It's never too late to start a plan! #southwesthorticulture #Albuquerque #landscape #landscaping #landscapedesign

Today we're trimming this #native #grass and #wildflower #meadow in #Albuquerque. This helps to stimulate grasses which have evolved to be grazed and trimmed by range animals, and creates room for some of the native wildflowers which we carefully avoid cutting during this process. We must help break the trend of "mow and go" and educate people on the benefits of a carefully managed, low to no water meadow over costly, outdated lawns.

Today we're trimming this #native #grass and #wildflower #meadow in #Albuquerque. This helps to stimulate grasses which have evolved to be grazed and trimmed by range animals, and creates room for some of the native wildflowers which we carefully avoid cutting during this process. We must help break the trend of "mow and go" and educate people on the benefits of a carefully managed, low to no water meadow over costly, outdated lawns.

One of our latest #hardscape designs. This #gabion wall is 3 feet by 70 feet long and 18" deep. They can be used as retaining walls or, like in this case, a decorative, free-standing privacy screen. Of course we created the #flagstone patio as well. #Native plantings will be coming soon to compliment and complete this project. #southwesthorticulture #xeriscaping #xeriscape #landscaping #landscape

One of our latest #hardscape designs. This #gabion wall is 3 feet by 70 feet long and 18" deep. They can be used as retaining walls or, like in this case, a decorative, free-standing privacy screen. Of course we created the #flagstone patio as well. #Native plantings will be coming soon to compliment and complete this project. #southwesthorticulture #xeriscaping #xeriscape #landscaping #landscape

This is the time of year when we really start to see the fruits of last year's labor. This #rockgarden that @louis_wilcox_art built last year has grown into an amazing display of color and home to many #pollinators including #hummingbirds #bees and #butterflies. With projects like this, we work to dispel the notion that #xeriscaping is defined as a couple of cacti in a yard full of gravel. Xeriscaping should be a boon to local ecology and biodiversity while still being drought tolerant and low maintenance. #southwesthorticulture #xeriscape

This is the time of year when we really start to see the fruits of last year's labor. This #rockgarden that @louis_wilcox_art built last year has grown into an amazing display of color and home to many #pollinators including #hummingbirds #bees and #butterflies. With projects like this, we work to dispel the notion that #xeriscaping is defined as a couple of cacti in a yard full of gravel. Xeriscaping should be a boon to local ecology and biodiversity while still being drought tolerant and low maintenance. #southwesthorticulture #xeriscape

This #Echinocereus #cactus loves heat. We surrounded these beauties with decorative #stones throughout the #landscape to add natural interest and radiate heat for the #cacti during the cold #Albuquerque winters. Now they're #blooming beautifully! #albuqerquelandscaping #southwesthorticulture #native #plants #southwest

This #Echinocereus #cactus loves heat. We surrounded these beauties with decorative #stones throughout the #landscape to add natural interest and radiate heat for the #cacti during the cold #Albuquerque winters. Now they're #blooming beautifully! #albuqerquelandscaping #southwesthorticulture #native #plants #southwest

Another completed job by #southwesthorticulture Although we've only just begun the #meadow seeding process, this landscape has large, rugged #berms and #basins which emulate #nature and provide interest and privacy. They also direct #water strategically, by collecting it in areas with #plants that require extra water and shedding it in areas that are sloped for more drought tolerant plants. We also installed the #flagstone #patio! #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flagstone #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape #stone #irrigation #hardscape

Another completed job by #southwesthorticulture Although we've only just begun the #meadow seeding process, this landscape has large, rugged #berms and #basins which emulate #nature and provide interest and privacy. They also direct #water strategically, by collecting it in areas with #plants that require extra water and shedding it in areas that are sloped for more drought tolerant plants. We also installed the #flagstone #patio! #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flagstone #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape #stone #irrigation #hardscape

A look at our #inspiration here at #southwesthorticulture The #desert around #Albuquerque is full of color right now. Get out and explore the foothills and the mesa, take some pictures, generate some ideas and let us help make your landscape reflect the #natural beauty of this land. The pictured #plant is the #fall booming purple #aster and it's thriving on #rain water alone. #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape

A look at our #inspiration here at #southwesthorticulture The #desert around #Albuquerque is full of color right now. Get out and explore the foothills and the mesa, take some pictures, generate some ideas and let us help make your landscape reflect the #natural beauty of this land. The pictured #plant is the #fall booming purple #aster and it's thriving on #rain water alone. #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape

Another year and the #BEMP vegetation survey has come to an end. Thanks to this awesome crew for an enjoyable month. Respect the #bosque and visit often, even many locals don't realize just how important it is to our city. #southwesthorticulture #botany #garden #natural #gardening #ecology #biology #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants

Another year and the #BEMP vegetation survey has come to an end. Thanks to this awesome crew for an enjoyable month. Respect the #bosque and visit often, even many locals don't realize just how important it is to our city. #southwesthorticulture #botany #garden #natural #gardening #ecology #biology #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants

Everyone know this #plant ? It's a #native #wildflower called the #chocolateflower Low growing with multitudes of yellow #flowers in the #summer that smell like chocolate when open in the morning and close up toward the afternoon. It's very heart and drought tolerant making it a great asset to any #xeriscape #southwesthorticulture #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape #irrigation

Everyone know this #plant ? It's a #native #wildflower called the #chocolateflower Low growing with multitudes of yellow #flowers in the #summer that smell like chocolate when open in the morning and close up toward the afternoon. It's very heart and drought tolerant making it a great asset to any #xeriscape #southwesthorticulture #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape #irrigation

#purpleloosestrife one of the most showy #forbs on our #vegetation survey. This #plant often occurs in disturbed areas with plenty of #water. southwesthorticulture #botany #biology #ecology #survey #bemp #garden #natural #gardening #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants

#purpleloosestrife one of the most showy #forbs on our #vegetation survey. This #plant often occurs in disturbed areas with plenty of #water. southwesthorticulture #botany #biology #ecology #survey #bemp #garden #natural #gardening #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants

Behold, the Los Lunas #BEMP site. One of the most beautiful sites on our #annual #vegetation survey. #southwesthorticulture #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flagstone #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #biology #ecology

Behold, the Los Lunas #BEMP site. One of the most beautiful sites on our #annual #vegetation survey. #southwesthorticulture #botany #garden #natural #gardening #flagstone #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #biology #ecology

A look at another completed #job on the west side of #Albuquerque These metal trellises have a rich #rust #patina lending an aged look to this #landscape The #plant in the foreground with deep red #flowers is the"dynamite" cultivar of a shrub crape myrtle. In the background you can see where a small #natural #stone wall was dry stacked together for a future vegetable #garden bed. #southwesthorticulture #botany #gardening #flagstone #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape #stone #irrigation #hardscape #trellis #vine #crapemyrtle

A look at another completed #job on the west side of #Albuquerque These metal trellises have a rich #rust #patina lending an aged look to this #landscape The #plant in the foreground with deep red #flowers is the"dynamite" cultivar of a shrub crape myrtle. In the background you can see where a small #natural #stone wall was dry stacked together for a future vegetable #garden bed. #southwesthorticulture #botany #gardening #flagstone #flora #botany #nature #southwest #horticulture #Albuquerque #newmexico #landscapedesign #landscape #landscapes #landscaping #nativeplants #xeriscape #stone #irrigation #hardscape #trellis #vine #crapemyrtle