Repetition

Different methods use similar elements to create continuity.

Repetition, rhythm, massing, and echoes are just a few design principles among many. Design principles are easily and repeatedly observed in an array of creative fields that people respond to: visual arts, horticulture, and music included.

It is that simple!

Any design principles noted, in the below median or parkway?

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Aristida purpurea, volunteered from the seeding specified on the plans, is now in its autumnal tan.

Agave neomexicana does the same within the parkway’s Aristida.

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Nearby, Dasylirion wheeleri was repeated. Its color and spent bloom stalks, plus a similar look of Agave parryi, help unify the scene.

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10/24/17 weather: 71 / 42 / 0.00

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A Spiky Surprise Out Back

I remember this latest strip mall that went up years before I moved from Albuquerque, as a major arterial road was widened.

The street behind it allows neighborhood traffic to access it, without having to drive onto the 55 mph+ Paseo del Norte drag strip. Smart, even if by accident. Of course, this caught my eye.

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Also smart are the higher quality, native plantings in the various retail access points as seen above and below. Too bad this palette wasn’t included along the arterial’s more visible access points.

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Just a little maintenance is needed, especially tree pruning, so plantings are healthier and turn more people on to tougher natives.

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I enjoy the dueling of two succulents – Dasylirion wheeleri and Nolina microcarpa (?). I’ve never used both in close proximity, but maybe I should give it a try? It really works well here. So does the Cylindropuntia imbricata.

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Most Chilopsis linearis produce abundant seed pods, which many tell me is their main objection to this fine, bulletproof native. Cleaning up seed pods might be a good idea, even if tedious.

Then again, removing countless Chilopsis volunteers nearby is tedious!

Color Spots

Tired of cool-colored Leucophyllum?

Well, I almost am, but cool colors are welcome here. By the end of our hot, week-long monsoon season break, most of the flowers went away.

But before the drying, do you see the flowering?

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Small trees were used lower, near the entry into the first phase of the development. Here it was Rhus lanceolata, to add interest to the pedestrian use of yuccas.

Here’s your color at the intersection.

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Masses of color work, but so does the special feeling of an unexpected spot of color.

Looking south from the rear view mirror angle and the front windshield view. It’s subtle, but subtle often makes more of an impact, especially with the juxtaposition of my design using boulders and plant forms.

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Sparse or spiky, then color, then more sparse and spiky. The gravel groundplane dominating with Dasylirion wheeleri and Aristida purpurea, then Leucophyllum zygophyllum and Yucca faxoniana dominate the gravel ground plane.

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8/11/17 weather: 98 / 73 / 0.75