Landscaper’s Trademark?

'mushroom-shaped' Olive tree

You know what?

Sometimes it is easy to tell who in the neighborhood uses the same landscaper.  

It is pretty evident from these photos that I took over the summer that quite a few people in this neighborhood are using the services of the same landscaper….

same landscaper

This is the first ‘mushroom-shaped’ Olive tree that I have ever seen.

same landscaper

To me, this Texas Sage looks somewhat like a small loaf bread, don’t you think?

Ebenopsis ebano

For those of you who have seen Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis ebano) in its natural form, may not recognize this heavily pruned one, above.

Texas Sage shrubs

These two Texas Sage shrubs remind me of a lumpy cake that you have just pulled out of the oven.


I hope you are all enjoying a great start to your weekend.

This is the last weekend for awhile where I am not busy, so I plan to enjoy it 🙂

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
9 replies
  1. Amy
    Amy says:

    Oh, my…those do look like mushrooms and I think I see a slice of cheese. Texas sage looks so pretty naturally. We have some "hat box" shrubs in our neighborhood. 🙂

  2. Liz
    Liz says:

    It looks like they need to get rid of their electric hedge trimmer and learn how to use a pair of loppers. I'm always flabbergasted when I go to someone's home and the only pruning equipment they have is a hedge trimmer.

  3. Jane
    Jane says:

    Love all this topiary…wish I could go made on my clients shrubs like that instead of 'sensible' pruning!! Amazing photos xx

  4. Jordi
    Jordi says:

    Hi I think it would make a pruning course in your neighborhood for your neighbors to learn a bit of gardening and stop doing the cooking course with his creations of cupcakes in the bushes in the garden

    a greeting

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  6. Susan in the Pink Hat
    Susan in the Pink Hat says:

    I don't understand the compulsive need for landscapers to shear things. It's so odd. Just coming back from SoCal, I saw some especially bad specimens and thought of your posts. I suspect that even if someone hired a landscaper and specifically told them not to prune, it would happen accidentally eventually as it's so ubiquitous.

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