That famous Police song from my high school days aside, it’s interesting how the same development has planting design examples to follow and avoid.
Plants don’t need to be second-rate life forms, when humans are there to steward them and the land. What helps once I have a project’s
physical geography nailed down using fact (shunning perception), is to think in terms of how a plant will mature where used, without removals or radical maintenance and irrigation.
Photos from Albuquerque, 11/10/2013 –
a 5′ wide space, hardy plants layered to provide year-round greenery…anything here that might be a problem?
…mature Thompson Broom (L in 1st streetscape photo), instead in a 10’+ deep bed; it needs a larger space like this, far more than inches from curb and paving [QUERCUS design at CNM Workforce Training Center, 2-3 years old]… …a more compact, evergreen option to Thompson Broom (R in 1st streetscape photo) can be Trailing Germander / Teucrium chamaedrys [QUERCUS design at Aliso, 1-2 years old]…if a layered planting is really needed in a narrow space…installed 2′ from the curb, that is… …and ‘Regal Mist’ Gulf Muhley could be changed to smaller ‘Nashville’ Purple Muhley / Muhlenbergia rigida ‘Nashville’, if plant layering in a narrower space is so necessary [QUERCUS design at Aliso, 2 years old]…the “artiste”-type of landscape architect / designer can benefit from being open to similar forms more suitable to a space – blessed are the the flexible, for they shall not be easily broken… …walk a few blocks, and another narrow planting space (4′ wide?)…also with plants that provide winter interest (ignore the hatin’-life blue fescues unsuited to a full sun desert site, plus reflected heat)…Yucca rostrata, Chrysactinia mexicana and Agave parryi ssp. truncata are likely to mature gracefully and thrive in such a space in that project’s zone (arid USDA Zone 8a / Sunset 10[a])…the background plants by the building work well, too