Associates Part 1

I take notice of plant groupings growing in the same spot with identical conditions. Yet when it’s time to design, I rarely apply any of that.

Architecture, busy-ness, and dealing with client realities / curveballs take over.

I wish that wasn’t so. This is from a 9/2017 trip to the Big Bend, between Lobo and Valentine in Texas.

Another rest area in the middle of nowhere with a large yucca…


Yucca faxoniana / Palm or Faxon Yucca, at least 20′ tall.


And what else?

And a gentle reminder, this won’t look 50% as good without the yucca.


Do you ever take advantage of groupings in the wild, then create areas in your garden around those groupings? How successful are they?

I’m already thinking of a simple way to use the above plants in a purposed design for a typical space, where we can’t rely on miles of expansive scenery. I might share a sketch or two of that soon.


Blue, Red, Green

On the theme of contrasts, on an otherwise dull day on an ordinarily dull and painful project. Crazy deadlines, not enough time or budget to do much once again. But it beats going broke!

Sierra Providence East, the new ER, from 10/2014 and warmer days –

Hesperaloe parviflora top, Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Rio Bravo’ slope, Juniperus monosperma low, with…

I know it’s sparse, but these new planting masses will fill in this vast space. Blooming, waiving in the wind, and so on.

an ambitious blonde found their way here…Blue Grama / Bouteloua gracilis

No, this isn’t a “small budget” of the spoiled and special. It’s a real small budget, at least given the large areas.

To get the owner to add this landscape area and also pay for that alternate landscaping (an upcoming post), I literally applied 1/3 to 1/2 of the plants from a dense planting in that alternate area and then used them at this location. But it worked, though sparse.

Think of it as maintainable and minimal. Minimalism is the new Baroque, don’t you agree?

Yucca rupicola with ‘Franklin Red’ wall rock and gravel mulch…
apologies for my fingerprints on the glaucous foliage…

Just enough of that waxy blue coating to take El Paso aridity, amazing since this is a plant of 4x our precipitation and humidity within the north Texas pariries.