Pam Penick‘s appearance on Central Texas Gardener made me realize the importance of designing my landscape wisely, and not just jumping in with a bunch of plants. My natural inclination is toward instant gratification, of course! But I am trying to be smart and take a long-range view of the landscape planning. We plan on being in this house for a very long time, so there is no rush. I am going to start keeping notes on the things that come to mind that I absolutely must have! for the garden. So far that list includes a pond and/or fountain, chickens (either in a tractor or in a fenced front yard so as not to be attacked by dogs), rainwater collection or at least some *&% gutters, shady gardens, sunny gardens, natives, vegetables, roses…. Oh, who knows! LESS GRASS for sure.
So for now I have to make do with my tiny little stabs at the garden, but I am going to work on an overall plan to incorporate all of these different components into the landscape. I am fickle with my taste, but I really enjoy Mexican or New Mexican gardens, and I think that is a good aesthetic for us. Not supercrazyoverthetop theme gardens, but hints here and there to make for a southwestern look. I find it really relaxing, and since BT has spent time in Mexico and is from NM, I think he shares that. I got this book at the library for hardscape ideas; its title sounds like a very specific aesthetic, but the book shows a nice range of paths, gates, walls, etc that would work anywhere.