When I put this on paper a decade ago, or at least into AutoCAD, I had an idea of what it would look like stopping at this intersection.
Maybe it’s the cool morning light and shadow patterns? This worked out better than I realized with the Hueco Mountain boulders, low wall, and such common plants, Dasylirion wheeleri / Blue Sotol and Agave neomexicana / Mescal Agave.
The plantings almost look like there were always there, when in reality, one has to hike up Picacho over 2 miles away to find either species. They are native on steeper hills than these, though they thrive anywhere in Las Cruces.
See anything else?
If you click to zoom, there are low-growing, annual groundcovers in the gravel mulch between what was planted.
Those Pectis angustifolia / Limoncillo and Bouteloua barbata / Sixweeks Grama were left and cost nothing to keep. Before this year’s healthy monsoon season ended a month early, they were green or flowering.
The last 2 species were not only free and commonly native most anywhere locally, but they are not larger and rank versus the stalky agaves or the up-reaching pincushions of sotoles. They did not overgrow them to look weedy – not all volunteers, even natives do that, so therefore should be thoughtfully kept or removed. Those low plants help make the planted accents blend in, which gravel mulch doesn’t do so well by itself.
Across the intersection, the Chihuahuan Desert hills plus my Yucca faxoniana and ponding area plantings, provide an understated backdrop.