I enjoy seeing the use of native plants to an area when designed to abstract patterns in nature. Those patterns come out of the common processes of land most anywhere, plus each space’s architecture.
Many areas of Texas use plants well with a space’s architecture, native or not.
Photos from Austin TX and nearby, 3/18 to 21/2015 –
Looking out onto the
semi-arid sub-humid (southern) prairie.
Sidebar: in a similar pattern of temperatures and atmosphere, for Austin to be something else, it’s long-term average might read like this –
semi-arid = 12″ – 24″ of precipitation (Ozona)
arid = under 12″… (Van Horn…but a different atmosphere)
humid = over 36″… (Houston)
Austin’s average and more years than not receive 30″, mas o menos. Smack dab in the middle of sub-humid.
Not that I like their change of this space to ground glass, but it does help people visualize before going overboard on a passing fad. (at least most ground glass installs, which are poorly-done)
A return home via Fredericksburg netted something stunning – not exactly native, but adapted – from the ecoregions adjacent to the central Texas prairies, wetter and drier sides. Mas or menos…
Do you wonder why native plantings or xeriscapes can look visually unappealing, even if filled with good native or adapted plants?
I wondered, so I now strive to design with more thought.
Great gardens aren’t only about massing, but they can involve other design principles such as repetition, or just making that which thrives and is native as the majority – not the freak.