The way we can travel from one area to another on many properties can be quite interesting.
Views from some trips this past year –
Yet, the gloomy, non-native landscape scene misses the bold colors, which make the house stand out and almost festive.
Here, someone put it all together.
Their summer heat requires shading glass and doors, more crucial to welcome guests than elsewhere in the southwest. On a warm January afternoon, the Chuparosa / Justicia californica planting adds a subtle red.
And they got the whole picture, with a mid-century-modern grocery store-to-gallery renovation. Including many other locally-native plants in their front landscape.
That pilaster-latilla fence seems odd in this powerful setting, unlike the sunny, voluminous creosote bushes and the mass of a shady mountainside. I’m also comparing the steepness of those mountains to what I’ve hiked in the last 10-15 years!
That put all the elements of a doorway into one place – their place. No mistaking it for a misplaced adobe in Iowa or Siberia! The happy meeting of regional architecture and flora, hardscape and powerful geography.
Specifically near a place named Lordsburg, on more vast Chihuahuan Desert grassland!
How do you utilize light, shadow, and your brand of local interest to define a doorway?