I am always on the lookout for beautiful landscapes that are well-designed and need minimal care. I like to call them sustainable or ‘fuss-free’ landscapes.
A week ago, my friend and fellow-blogger, Pam Penick came into town on a quest to see examples of gardens that use little water. So, I was more then happy to spend a day with her looking at some great examples of gardens around the greater Phoenix area.
The first part of our journey began with a visit to the beautifully-designed Arizona State Polytechnic Campus, which included cisterns, man-made arroyos and creative uses for urbanite. If you missed it, you can read about our visit, here.
The second leg of our tour took us to a butterfly/hummingbird demonstration garden along a golf course and a well-designed parking lot (yes, I said a parking lot).
First, was our visit to a butterfly/hummingbird demonstration garden.
|Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatoni)|
|Pink Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)|
|Coral Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua ‘Coral’)|
|Firecracker Penstemon, Purple Trailing Lantana and Damianita.|
|White Globe Mallow|