Most people, even some landscape architects, regularly see odd plantsmanship.
Gestures to the past, fear of native plants, bad precedences, “giving the ‘client’ what they want”, or inadequate time – all culprits. I’ve been guilty of one or two.
This is the same development, most likely by the same designer. (and I think I know who) From 3/9/2015 –
On alkaline soils, add calcium leaching from wall footings, desert sun, and xeric plants on the same irrigation valve, and that’s the result. Photinia easily grows to 8-10′ tall and wide; keeping most plants at less than 75% of mature size brings painful issues, in time.
My foot is size 9-1/2, so I don’t stuff it into a size 4 shoe.
It helps to glance at climate data and photos of Mugo’s home (the mountains of central Europe), and that of arid Albuquerque (right behind those plants). Then, imagine the effort it takes to grow those exceptions in the desert.
There’s a cue…what works universally should be the bones, but don’t use what hates life – gesture or curiousity. What’s to be curious about, anyway?
Its cool enough for ‘Harbor Dwarf’ Nandina to be red, while Dasylirion wheeleri has its ever-present look. I’m not sure this was intended, since that combination isn’t seen elsewhere along the streetscape.
Very nice; that idea can be adapted where one gets some winter. I’ve seen evergreen plants with winter berries used as key area color, too.
What causes you to wonder, “what were they thinking?”