Monday, December 8, 2014

Late fall, winter landscape interest.

Winter interest...contrast, color, shapes, evergreens, berries, wildlife and hardscaping.  Find the thing that keeps you out all season long.  

Nice shades of silver (Salvia pachyphylla)

Semi-evergreen, curl leaf mahogany (cercocarpus ledifolius)

evergreen/ silver ground covers.

Desert holly (berberis sp.) Purple interest. 

Landscape rock/boulders 

Winter fat

The blue of Opuntia basilaris makes for good winter color.

Evergreens are always great to add some life to winter.

Yucca gloriosa

Moss and lichens. 


Yucca torreyi, also first year without cover.  

Yucca elata 

Hybrid yucca, Yucca thompsoniana x rupicola? I think? 

Everything was going good, until the home owner started making changes. 

I found found her to be picky and very difficult to work with.

She does not care if we live Idaho, she wants a saguaro!

Ledges make for good interest. 

Gambel oak.  Most likely it's final trim from the bottom up.

Trimmed up a bitter-brush.  It out grew the area.  I was thinking of removing it, but instead I trimmed it up.  Only time will tell how it will do. 

And newly trimmed from the waist down, Desert Olive (Forestiera neomexicana)

About 85% of the berm is rocked in.  

It can take a few years to get an area off the weed grid and start acting like a native space.

Here are areas I have been slowly working on.

Future parking area, one shovel full at a time.  All recycled gravel.

I always need more rocks, 

This little bluff is almost complete.

More rocks please!

Snow line.


  1. Thanks for the tour, even with a difficult homeowner wanting saguaros! Each time you show more progress on all that landscape and garden area. That snowline is getting closet

  2. Thanks David, getting a little closer everyday, the snow line and completion of the hardscape.