Some people say that landscape architects must get paid by the number of plants used in designs!
That’s unlikely, and I’ve never seen such a thing, assuring you as one LA among countless LA’s I’ve known. The exception might be one who’s an employee of a maintenance company or nursery, working on commission. Or more likely, some LA’s, designers or clients don’t care and want immediate effect, or they never learned plant growth or plantsmanship.
Here’s how this LA proactively approaches one aspect of planting design – nor am I alone in it – plant spacing for how each garden is seen. Mature height x spread / width for each plant is listed, as presently known in the desert.
Metro Verde in Las Cruces NM, Red Hawk Golf Road…taken 10/22/2013 –
This is a streetscape, a garden meant for 30+ mph vehicles and pedestrians. Plus, the developer has financials and investors to satisfy, and the city who will be maintaining it doesn’t want more to do. We all have bosses!
This isn’t to please the few – “poet, priest, politician” – where weedy = status.
Plus, many outside those groups might even think it’s weedy, until they see it more and appreciate why it will benefit them, water supplies, etc. A balance.
I want do all that, and document my strengths in my portfolio, so all win.
Did you know that grass once dominated the Chihuahuan desert grasslands of the mountain bajadas, including there in Albuquerque’s heights, long before Walt broke bad? You got it!
And now it’s back, so take that, Karl Foerester and your fans in the desert, who know you far more than their own lovely natives.
Humbling was people driving by approach me with compliments more than once. Though it did scare off that California magazine’s editors, and a few others. Would it have done any of that if not used and spaced well, or just left off in favor of habitual plants that hate May-September? I think not!
Some – but David, those plants are tiny, it looks [cheap spindly __]
Me – refer to mature photos, growth rates of plants – especially grasses – and the budget [are you going to pay more for more plants and then to remove them in a year or two, too?]
Some – silence, with roll of eyes
But the largest Yucca rostrata is in Texas! Or was, since it was removed to somewhere else, I hope… Scroll down to see the US champion Yucca rostrata in Fort Stockton, Texas – here !
With that Las Cruces’ project site tending to get as cold as Albuquerque, I was advised to not use Chaparral Sage there, though fine in town.
Truly, plantsmanship in the garden or landscape must do justice to a place when it’s called “The Land of Enchantment”.