As you know, I’ve been posting photos of lots of bad pruning jobs around Albuquerque lately.

So today instead, I’d like to take a look at what I adore around Albuquerque landscapes. In particular, Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Pink Muhly’:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Regal Mist Grass

Swoon!

These grasses grow just as well in coastal Florida as they do in the desert Southwest, and they do well practically everywhere in between, too.

There are over 150 species, they have many traits in common: They tolerate crappy soil. They love full sun. They are drought tolerant and pest resistant. They are hardy to 0 degrees.

And then as fall begins, they flower. The inflorescence is purplish pink.

A spectacular splash of color when you need it the most – when summer’s faded.

The color will lighten to pink with the onslaught of cold weather, but that doesn’t lessen its beautiful winter interest.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Regal Mist Grass

I love seeing grasses that landscapers have left alone. If some bozo had pruned these back in August, we would’ve been denied this show.

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you back here.

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