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Creating Visual Interest in Your Xeriscape

Cactus, Firesticks, & CitrusI kept driving past this stunning sight and, one day, I actually remembered to bring my camera so I could share it with you!

Check this out…it’s some kind of cactus (could be a Cereus hildmannianus, but I didn’t get close enough to verify) surrounded by Euphorbia tirucalli (Firesticks) with a citrus tree behind it.

I like how visually HOT this is.  The greyish-green cactus takes center stage with its very linear and structural form, while the more delicate Firesticks spotlight it with a blaze of fiery color.

The citrus tree has an important job, too…its green foliage serves as a backdrop, making the cactus a standout.

This is an excellent example of how to combine different colors, textures, and lines–the foundation of good design–when planning your xeriscape.


Using Color in Your Xeriscape

Using Color in Your XeriscapeWho can resist this? An inviting old Spanish-style carriage house gets noticed with a pop of color from some stunning roses! Now, imagine what this same photo would look like without the roses. Interesting, yes? But add a splash of color and you can’t help but be drawn to it. Which I was. So drawn that I had to go through that door to see what was on the other side! More on that later…

Think of that interesting spot in your yard…the one where adding a shocking color will give it a KA-POW! Don’t overdo it, though, or you’ll feel like you’re rolling around in a kaleidoscope.

By the way, this fascinating scene belongs to the La Posada in Winslow, AZ…a restored Fred Harvey hotel on old Route 66 with a fascinating history of its own. Completely designed by architect Mary Colter down to the Harvey Girls uniforms, the La Posada stands as a living example (and one of the few remaining) of the old Santa Fe railroad hotels of days past.  It’s worth a visit!