Now, the daylight view at the new Dion’s in the south valley. I look forward to seeing my design there in the fall, as it grows in more.
For now, photos from the oddly infernal evening of 7/18/14 –
‘Blue Ice’ Arizona Cypress originally specified was changed to Spartan Juniper, also upright. Plant availability in the high desert is sad…
The Chaste Tree is an alternate to Texas or Mexican Redbud…not available….. Too bad it’s also quite invasive in the high desert, more than one volunteered into drainage basins and even home landscapes over my last 2 decades.
I hardly ever specify globemallows, but they were one of the native species on the development’s odd plant list, so I went for it…in masses as a high groundcover.
A few of the red-pink S. ambigua ‘Louis Hamilton’ were at my last house, but they declined the first few years without any irrigation, which is odd. A couple of that selction found their way into the nursery’s stock for the parking islands, a nice surprise, and with this site’s better soil, they might do better.
Globemallow flowers almost continuously through our long, hot summers, which is more than I can say for all too many plants.
This is the start of the ponding area plantings, large river rock to slow erosion…plants that can take flooding and dryness only. Some natives were actually prohibited, speaking of the odd plant list – actually, that chapped my hide.
Maybe more photos of the basins, including this one, in the future? And another post of some things I wish I would have done differently, in retrospect.
The parking islands facing the Dion’s exit have purple-flowering Chaste Tree and Orange Globemallow.
When this area’s 6-8″ average yearly rainfall happens, over half is in the form of intense monsoon season downpours. This will capture some storm runoff on the way to the development’s basins.