Many blogs show close-up images without much context, but I find contexts with some details more helpful. Since this post’s photos are from over 5 weeks ago instead of today, I’ll compensate by showing gardens I intend to post more on in the future: 2 are homes, 1 is a recently-installed streetscape I designed. (hoping I can soon participate in 1-2 various memes / month)
I no longer have my own home garden, but I do have many gardens that I design, of various scales and mostly modest budgets. At least for what I deal with in the high desert region!
Photos from 10/22/2013, in Las Cruces NM –
Jeff is the Extension Agent for Doña Ana County for horticulture, plus agronomy and agriculture. He’s quite skilled at design, exterior and interior, with a knack for articulated, eclectic design.
Like his new home, Jeff is into a form of Danger Garden’s “cram it” garden style. And what he crammed in! It took -4F in 2/2011, with little protection, including the Argentine Cardon / Echinopsis terscheckii, L of the walk…
It is not in the cram-it style, but rather, to satisfy minimums and maximums allowed by the City of Las Cruces, and look good to drivers at 35 MPH.
It needs to look good to golfers and potential home buyers, especially in winter and summer, when Red Hawk GC and the Metro Verde development are showing the merits of not going to Phoenix and Tucson.
The landscape contractor failed to install water harvesting basins on my design, but they will on future sections!
Monterrey Oak and Beaked Yucca were used in the median, ‘Cathedral’ Live Oak is in the parkways. Lower plantings include natives such as Purple Threeawn grasses, Damianita, Mexican Blue Sage, Red Yucca, ‘Sierra Gold’ Dalea, Chocolate Flower and Mescal Agave. I hope the rabbits ignore them…the soil is caliche, gravel, clay, and more caliche…sigh.
This area of town is near the south end of the Jornada del Muerto basin, and it hit -23 to -10F in 2/2011, after 0 to +5F in 1/2011…double sigh.