In many commercial and home landscapes the rest of us design – without a lofty budget, horticulturists to maintain, not enough or too much irrigation, and other limitations – some design elements remain in spite.
Why not learn what those are? Then, before finishing the design, go back and edit it down to what’s necessary.
I hear this technique called reductionism, and anyone can do it.
As this project was installed just over 6 months ago, and it’s been summer since the end of May, there are more plantings than obvious in the foreground on the slope and basin…just wait until next May.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Yes, that Antoine de Saint-Exupery, of The Little Prince.
An ordinary waste space of a drive-through lane; just add some thought.
After all, people sit in their air conditioned cars and trucks, idling in these lanes for several minutes, so why not a garden for them?
We’ll see how long that mass of Orange Globemallow / Sphaeralcea munroiana lasts, or is tolerated, since it doesn’t yet have pop-culture appeal.
I figured since various, local globemallows grow in waste spaces against curbs or paving in sand and clay, no matter how hot, this South Valley spot might feel like home. Just in a prettied-up design version!
But that’s reduced, too. What can you reduce, to make even better?