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 Stacey Hirvela, Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
Weather-wise, northerners may not have much of an advantage, but when it comes to selecting plants for the landscape, they certainly do. The entire system of plant recommendations in North America is based on plant hardiness - in other words, how much cold a plant can withstand without experiencing extensive damage or death.
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