My land is one of brown to olive shades and accented by blue-greens, under big blue skies and sun. It can be stark. Yet gardens can tap into the beautiful power of place by emphasizing that.
I learned to run when a prospective client gets that in nature, then switches into a belief that gardens need many flowers.
Even a few attractive flowers, but it took some “wetter” weather periods to grow those. Don’t fixate on the flowers.
Green, earth-toned stucco, and indirect light = a desert trio.
Mid-winter frames the building entry to our local state park. In a bosque ecology being restored along the Rio Grande, there were and are no bold plants native.
To bring interest, gray and brown forbs or dormant grasses won’t work. Nor would beds of winter pansies or summer lantanas be authentic to compliment the pueblo revival architecture.
The designer borrowed from where similar grassy forms, but evergreen, tend to dominate – mountain edges, also fairly hot and dry. Containers elevate more to eye-level, and provide drainage that can lack along the river’s floodplain soils.
It works and no flowers.
5/5/17 weather: 90 / 57 / .00