After 23 years living in the desert southwest, if a person despises rough terrain and spiky plants, they may wish to move along.
After all, that’s what endures here –
I’ve only grown to embrace, not resist, such challenges as something to inform a simpler, more appealing aesthetic for outdoor living. Regard.
If you remember some of my past projects, a trick employed is to plant (2-3) – 15 gallon or 24″ box trees like Quercus fusiformis together in a wide hole, root balls touching. Those and many desert trees grow in clumps in the wild.
So, why not the same look in our built landscapes…without waiting years for that to develop from a single, tiny tree?
Do you have any stories of landscapes and gardens using common plants, even called weedy, but used well?