Monday, September 14, 2015
This Used To Be A Lawn
For at least the last two years, I was anticipating Rogers' would do something dramatically different with the large expanse of lawn on their corner frontage. Finally, they have.
Now, it is a first-rate xeric garden.
Arctotis 'Pumpkin Pie' will settle in this fall and bloom generously from winter into spring:
Agave 'Stained Glass', Opuntia, Aloe maculata, Aloe x spinosissima, etc:
Hesperaloe 'Brake Lights', and something grassy.
Meadow grass (Sesleria) to the right, Doryanthes at extreme top center, and something Proteacaea at middle left:
Agaves. Can't tell you the species on this one offhand. Looks gentryi-ish.
Kalanchoe luciae glowing in the morning sun:
Agave ovatifolia...a bit rotted...
An Aloe thraskii specimen in front of the re-habbed gazebo. For decades, the gazebo was painted white and had some gingerbread woodwork. White paint and gingerbread removed, it is updated.
Graceful, flowing path. Hesperaloe 'Brake Lights' on the lower left--they'll have to pull some of that out as it grows too large for the space, no?
This type of planting scheme is initially very expensive. Even at wholesale prices there are thousands of dollars of new plants here. What savings materializes is in water and maintenance, but though minimal, skilled maintenance is a must. Lawns are cheap to plant. The expense is water, mow-blow labor, and the gasoline that runs mowers and blowers, expense paid a little at a time. Cost is a major reason why people hang on to their lawns.
Cordyline 'Electric Shock', with a grass above. The latest/greatest new Cordylines seem to be replacing Phormiums as the go-to grassy non-grass plants. Phormiums get larger faster.
Succulent baskets hang in the gazebo.
Oops. A bit of irrigation adjustment needed. This whole new installation was done in the past few weeks.
The area, always slightly above sidewalk level, was sculpted into berms via a sinuous narrow pathway that is as much visual as functional--probably even more so. The beautiful plants invite a stroll on the path, though.
Opuntia gosseliniana var. santa-rita (or whatever the correct name is) on the lower left with grass above. Kalanchoes, Agaves, a Yucca, and Aloes on the right of the path.
The Opuntia viewed from the opposite direction, with a variegated grass(?):
Grassy behind the gazebo:
Looking back at the area, partially framed by one of the long-time-there Canary Island Pines. A group of Phoenix canariensis across the street:
The narrow hellstrip is simply Chondropetalum (hopefully a dwarfish one) and Aloe 'Roikoppe':
This slope going back east towards the Rogers entrance was updated over the past couple of years. Aeonium, Aloe 'Roikoppe', Grevillea rosmarinifolia (maybe), Westringia, Leucadendron 'Ebony', prostrate Rosemary...
What do you think? Should they put the lawn back?