Steve and I just recently travelled down to Palm Springs, California to have a look at the location that has recently been called the “Many Stylish City in America”. While much of this is credited to the remarkable modern-day and mid century developed houses in this location, the gardens should have a nod too. Why? Happy you asked! Well, first, due to the fact that we can all find out a little from desert gardening, especially with the continuous dry spell and changing weather in numerous parts of our nation. But also from a straight forward design standpoint too, and there are a couple of that any garden enthusiast can copy no matter where you live. Here goes … “Kathy and Steve’s Adventure in Palm Springs”! (And it wasn’t just consuming margaritas while set down on a swimming pool float!).
First off, thanks to my husband for taking all these fantastic photos! And constantly making certain I had a water bottle in my hand.;-RRB- In fact, it was unseasonably cool in Palm Springs for the time of year, hardly hit 90! Most of these pictures in this post were taken at an incredible garden nursery in Palm Desert, just up the road from Palm Springs. Moller’s Garden is the ideal location to have a look at everything associated to cacti, succulents and tropicals. Yes, they grow plants in their gardens all year that we can just grow as houseplants! And it is substantial. We were in plant paradise. Till it struck 90 ish and we lacked nursery rows. Then a cool thing took place. I’ll keep it a secret for now, but check out the last photo in this post to discover.
Palm Springs gardens have one thing in common … they know how to use drama. They use centerpiece plants to lead the eye around the garden, then make them important. How do they do it in PS? They do not have streetlights on the property streets there, and they really don’t require them. Gardeners there make sure lighting their focal treasures are a mainstay of their garden design, and it’s is remarkable! Make it crucial! They use larger plants, or mass plant one type. We kept seeing bright spots of color right in the center of a garden filled with texture.
PS gardeners also know how to utilize information. Cacti and succulents are stunning plants, particularly up close. They are produced close up information. Steve has actually constantly enjoyed them. When we satisfied, I ensured him we would never be planting them in our yard. Was not going to take place. They made me think about old, dirty, unkempt backyards I would see in Cali where I grew up. Rural homes in good communities had green turf and structure plantings. Ok, so truth check. Palm Springs alters all that! Viewpoint is everything individuals. Good style and a love of the very little is evident there, and because of that, barrel cactus and Palos Verde trees will permanently more be linked in my mind with luxury homes, dining establishments and resorts.
Ok, let’s get on to some of these desert gardening pics! My fav is the barrel cactus, above. I love the type and pattern of these plants. Small and compact, but they are surprisingly attractive. The professional photographer in me can’t get enough.
This was a row of Agave and Yucca … Now we can grow Yucca here in Eastern Washington, but not the Agave. I might not think the number of different varieties there were!
Ok, back to the detail … all the various colors, some with smooth edges and some with spinal columns, long pointed leaves, or broader, smooth ones.
This is a Mediterranean Fan Palm, and I only know this due to the fact that Steve understands. I am not a note taker. I was having excessive enjoyable!
Sago Palm. This one I know. This is my fav palm that we saw. Shorter but regal, and as you can see, an amazing tropical appearance when organized. You can utilize tropical plants in desert gardening as well. Some of them, like these Sagos, require some afternoon shade or security from hot desert wind.
Huge Bird of Paradise. These bloom with a white bloom, formed like a tropical bird. They grow huge down south! Actually, taller than a home …
Ok, this is where we started getting into more familiar territory for me. Flowers! This, obviously, is the amazing ‘Bougainvillea’, which to me, is the hallmark of Southern Cali. desert gardening. It is technically a vine, however we saw it in PS sheared into shrubs both big and small as well. The important things I did not know is that they can be found in several color combos, not just bright fuchsia. This one has a coral secondary petal. I could see myself covering a house in this if we lived there.
So, we can grow Trumpet Vine almost anywhere, but it thrives with the sun and heat of this desert location. And the hummingbirds like it!
I believe this Cacti should be called “Bunny Ears” … Anybody with me?
I enjoy the color, texture, and form of these desert plants!
This is really one cactus plant with numerous stems … So. Freaking. Cool.
Lots of Mediterranean herbs grow well in a hot desert location, and this one is Santolina. It’s grown as an annual most places in the country, however can be sheared into a neat hedge here.
Plumeria. Hawaii, anybody? Absolutely tropical sensation from this fragrant tree/shrub … We saw this all over in Palm Springs.
Ok, this is Vinca. I grew it often as an annual in Northern Cali in my more youthful years. Here, it’s a tropical ice cream cone for us flower loving garden enthusiasts. You could just consume it looks so rich.
This is a shot of just what I was speaking about. Focal plants, and they light them during the night. Basic, however makes it feel like a holiday every day. Make it crucial!
Ok, so our fun little story. Hummingbirds are everywhere in PS. We had little bird pals visit us at our rental house, the pool, while going shopping downtown. However these two provided us a remarkable show. Just as we were preparing to stop at Moller’s, and searching for a little shade cover, these two hummingbirds began flying around our heads, and landed just a couple of feet away on this wire. They seem to have really little fear of individuals in the desert. As we viewed, the one on the ideal began feeding the one on the left from it’s beak. I’ve never ever seen that prior to with a hummingbird, you can usually never get close enough to them to see such a habits! My educated guess is that the hummingbird on the left is a teen that should probably be getting his own cookies and milk by now. But my romantic guess is choosing kissing hummingbirds. I like that better. You? Steve did an excellent job with snapping a photo prior to they moved off, with the minimal cam lenses we had with us. So thankful we went seeking shade.:-RRB-.
So yes, I still dream about my Seattle garden loaded with lushness and green and evergreen trees, total with it’s own stream and waterfall. However I have a point of view that I can bring with me now that opens my mind to far more. If you are a real garden lover, isn’t that what we do? We just like gardens. And we find a way to make them happen. Not only have they made it occur in Palm Springs, but they took a barren desert landscape, called it an oasis, and made it the most “Elegant City in America’. Huh. Attitude makes mountains move. Yep, I just made that up. Proceed, you can tweet it.:-RRB-.
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