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Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Parking Lot Berms


 The Parking Lot Berm was constructed in 1996 with repurposed soil and concrete in order to display perennial and many different sun-loving plants. Here you can find many different species of Prickly Pear, Yucca, and a diverse collection of perennials. This photo was taken in March 2021 during its mostly dormant period. In the foreground are plants like Opuntia macrocentra and Yucca linearifolia that give it winter interest. Throughout the berm garden area, you will find Baptisia, Bedazzled Phlox, Opuntia microdasys, Penstemon, Yucca, Agave, Capsicum frutescens, and many more beautiful plants. This ever-changing berm displays many sun-loving perennials and hardy Yucca.

From the parking lot, you will be greeted by berms filled with many different species of Opuntias (Prickly Pears), Creeping Phlox, an ornamental Pepper, Salvias, and other sun-loving, xeric plants. 

Photograph A: In Spring the parking lot is vibrant with the flowers of Plomis, Notocactus, Opuntia, Yucca and Dianthus. As you exit the parking lot you will be greeted with Baptisias, Cacit, and Penstemons. So many lovely sun loving southwestern plants and perennials. You can find many different plants which will thrive on a sunny berm.

Photograph B:As you pass the Parking Lot Berm Garden, you will be greeted by orange and yellow Flowering Alstroemeria, and pink salvia in Mid May.  The Yucca, Heather, Sedum and Bunny ears Cacti Foliage provide architectural interest.