Focal point is a design principle I learned as a college sophomore, but lost in designs while fielding an array of requests and deadlines.
Landscaping is much about focal points.
Pick a great place to be or just sit, then plan what you’ll look at.
I spaced the Dasylirion wheeleri into Picacho Mountain just so they would do what the three with flower stalks are doing – interrupting the sky. Focal points even work when driving.
That was another view of the same development entry, with more evergreens playing off the Dasylirion on the left. But mostly a non-focal point of clumped desert plants, except the ocotillos.
Passing the entry island and leaving Picacho Mountain, another focal point you miss while entering the same development. It faces you only while exiting.
Inside the development, one has to look at an island in each cul-de-sac, with no irrigation and native plants.
Do ever step back from your overall design, only to add in focal points and then work off of those?
6/12/17 weather: 96 / 65 / 0