planting plans

Discovering Xeriscapes
The word xeriscape is one of those terms that most everyone has heard but few truly understand. When we think of xeriscapes or xeriscaping, most people immediately visualize a dry almost lifeless desert landscape with rocks and cactus. Because the "x" is pronounced like a "z" the word is often mistaken for a fancy way of spelling zeroscapes, which implies that it has no plantings or uses zero water. Neither is true. Working in the arid climates of the Texas hill country, I've embraced the xeriscaping concept as a way to create sustainable and inviting landscapes with minimal irrigation, but again, that does not
2012/2.1, February 8 — Sharpening a Design, Budgeting Issues, Bellagio’s Fountains and more
February 8, 2012 WATERSHAPES.COM FEATURE ARTICLE Sharpening the Focus Wrapping up a series of articles…
Planting Pains
Early in the history of garden design – dating back to the earliest days of civilization in Sumeria, Egypt and China – plants took center stage in garden spaces.  Terraces and hanging gardens were built not for their innate ornamental qualities, but rather to display the plants they contained.  Always, the prized plant was more important than its container.   This preeminence of plant displays has been the rule rather than the exception throughout history, even