Shows & Events
Demonstration Garden's Self-Guided Tour
The Glendale (Arizona) Public Library's Xeriscape Demonstration Garden is hosting a special event on October 11 from noon to 5 p.m., showcasing its new self-guided tour system. Visitors can check out an audio wand at the library to hear information about the plants and the garden's history. The day will feature talks and book signings by local garden experts. The library is located at 5959 W. Brown Street. For more information, call (623) 930-3596.
Favorite or New Plant
There are many lovely penstemon, but Penstemon parryi is my favorite. Its vivid pink flower stalks create a glorious sight in spring, and they are sure-fire hummingbird attractants. They can be grown from one-gallon transplants, and they germinate readily from seed. The plant itself is quite tough, enduring full sun and intense reflected heat. I grow them in a spot where nothing else seems to make it through the summer. Let the flowers go to seed and they will readily self-sow. Then cut back the plant, which will act almost as a ground cover if planted thickly enough. Fall is the perfect time to plant or sow this penstemon.