The Edge: Change and Repeat

The edge is key when designing a space. When maintenance fails or rabbits defy the rabbit-proof plant lists, something must provide interest to movement.

Even in a car, even with our huge skies, repeated Dasylirion wheeleri provide rhythm out in front of the hills of creosote.


Fouquieria splendens provide strong vertical accents, using seed-grown plants specified from Mountain States nursery. Extra humidity and periodic soaking rains in the monsoon season keep ocotillos leafed out, making the vertical masses even stronger.

Small Agave neomexicana punctuate curb edges. Even with the original wildflowers “gone”, they grow in spiky balls.


The agaves at the edge with cactus and seeded grasses stop, as endless Larrea tridentata and median plants fade in along the road’s rise. Then a change to other accents, then another change, and repeat, is how appealing streetscapes are often designed.

More Dasylirion wheeleri, Leucophyllum zygophyllum, and Aristida purpurea clumps accented with Yucca faxoniana continue uphill.

This area was limited in plant choices that won’t mature to block neighboring homes’ views towards the left – east to the Organ Mountains. Hence no trees anywhere on the climb.


Other successful parts of this streetscape you haven’t seen are next.

8/9/17 weather: 93 / 69 / 0.00