The Area Around Your Home Should Reflect The Native Environment
What they have attempted to do with this property is CREATE A NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT THAT DUPLICATES WHAT ONE SEES IN THE SURROUNDING
DESERT. In the desert one sees texture, subtle color, elevation changes, accent plants like Saguaros, one sees scarcity, density and repetition.
And, that's what they have tried to accomplish here. In the desert, in the low areas, where the water is, one finds foliage, critters, a blue
oasis. They have used different elements to accomplish the look. They used rock, plants and elevation change. Importantly, simple doesn't need to
be boring. Simple is hard to do. Oftentimes we over think it and get a mess. Dr. Rick likes the way the environment is brought right up to the
house. And that was the idea. With an English profusion garden there is a splash of color, one has a border that marks one area from the next.
Here they tried to make it look as if the house sprang up out of the desert. It's organic to the site and provides a real sense of place in the
southwest. Nothing artificial, yet at the same time, very stunning.
By Susan Martin for Proven Winners,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
Is white a color? Yes! White light is made up of all the colors in the spectrum, even though you can't see them. Maybe that's why the color white goes with every other color—because it IS every other color. It has a certain freshness to it and gives our eye a place to rest. Because we are naturally drawn to white, we need to take care to use it strategically to prevent it from becoming overwhelming. Here are six examples of how to use white in the garden.
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