In my last post, I showed you a photo of a “landscape no-no” and challenged you to guess what the problem was.
Are you the type of person that notices what is wrong more then what is right?
Although I would describe myself as having an outlook as a “glass half-full” and tend to observe the positive – it doesn’t carry over when I look at landscapes.
I think that it is because I am supposed to find problems and help people avoid or fix them.
A few weeks ago, I shared my first “Landscape No-No” post, which showcased a common mistake people make with drip emitter placement and trees.
My hope is that by sharing some “Landscape No-No’s” that I will be able to help you avoid making the same mistakes in your garden.
This time, I am showing you a picture from a landscape consult that I did a few years ago.
This featured “Landscape No-No” is from a consult I did years ago. The homeowner was very excited to show me his newly landscaped front yard.
However, I did find a few problems, including this one along the pathway to his entry…
Some daughter-in-law’s don’t have much in common with their father-in-law.
In my case, when I married my husband 25 years ago, I wasn’t sure if I would have any shared interests with my father-in-law…..he was a dentist (I was deathly afraid of dentists), he ran 3 miles a day (I got a ‘stitch’ in my side if I tried running to the corner), he was very orderly and meticulous (I am neither of those things) and he was soft spoken (while I can be a bit loud).
I knew he loved me and I him, but sometimes conversation would lag because besides the kids and family, there wasn’t much else to talk about.
That is until I started to become interested in plants and landscaping. You see, my father-in-law always had well-designed landscapes filled with beautiful plants. As I decided to pursue a degree in Urban Horticulture, he was very supportive.
|Goodding’s Verbena (Glandularia gooddingi)|
|Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)|
|Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)|
|Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana)|
|Purple Prickly Pear (Opuntia violaceae)|
|‘Torch Glow’ Bougainvillea|
|Phoenix Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Phoenix’)|
|‘Rio Bravo’ Sage (Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Rio Bravo’)|
|Mexican Fence Post (Pachycereus marginatus)|