In some of my past blogs’ posts, creating different spaces with some type of division is important to me.
Valuing water, sense-of-place and reasonable budgets to create a smaller oasis within a drier, yet appealing context, is part of good living in a dry land; even wetter places like the Mediterranean climates have that tradition. That’s a manmade boundary abstracting contrasts found in nature.
Appealing garden design organizes spaces, via observation, learning and refinement; beyond being a mere artiste, it integrates art and science.
So, step across the boundary; I even numbered each photo –
Boundaries are often obvious in the vast desert southwest – my home since 1992 – desert valley low, desert scrub above. Mountains, changes in elevation along an escarpment, or even different sides of a shallow valley can be quite the division of vegetation, geology and soil types, day-to-day weather, or especially long-term patterns of climate and vegetation.
Multitudes of visitors for decades often note their enjoyment at such boundaries, more than our landscape industry celebrates them.
The boundary can be seen in Tome, New Mexico between each edaphic condition – fancy talk for soil types and moisture regime.
Some state an opinion that attempts to show boundaries in nature are merely artificial constructs. Well, they are – when observable elements and patterns of climate and species are not studied, ignored or even left out by humans.
But that’s a cop-out, and I’ve yet to see anyone stating such things put that on paper – without copying someone else – to see how, or if, it all lines up.
That scene has 4 or 5 of the world’s 7 life zones occurring upward, in 12 miles of distance, arranged by elevation/temperature-driven ecological boundaries.
Not to mention plenty of broadleaf mistletoe in those Corrales valley trees to kiss your sweetie under, since it is almost Christmas!
What’s missed in many commercial landscapes in my region, is commonplace in the low desert areas – a garden wall and or heavy native tree planting, to further reinforce such a boundary. But that takes space, budget, and design.
The cactus on the left looks poised to reseed, replacing struggling gestures to past deeds such as red barberries (almost dead) and fescues.
That may be my design out front, given the planting resembles my late 1990’s work….and since some of my projects were filed behind the boundary on my PC in the wrong location…um, folder…I’m unsure!
Some create boundaries with a plan they are paid to draw; others can do it without a plan. And even those gardeners who dismiss the value of a plan (who may say they can’t draw), end up planning spaces and the boundaries between each by their constant moving of materials and plants, as they “get it right”.
See, we’re all designers in some way!
So, please join the Garden Designers Roundtable, as we each take on what a boundary means to great garden spaces – here. Including: