By Greg Starr
Gardeners and backyard designers are having a love affair with agaves. It's effortless to determine why—they're low upkeep, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an impressive variety of shape and colour. Many species are strikingly variegated, and a few have contrasting decorative spines at the edges in their leaves. great for box gardening or in-the-ground tradition, they mix versatility with effortless growability.
In Agaves, plant professional Greg Starr profiles seventy five species, with extra cultivars and hybrids, most suitable to gardens and landscapes. every one plant access encompasses a distinct description of the plant, in addition to its cultural specifications, together with hardiness, sunlight publicity, water wishes, soil specifications, and techniques of propagation. Agaves can swap dramatically as they age and this finished advisor contains images exhibiting every one species from adolescence to maturity—a worthwhile characteristic specified to this booklet.
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Slope, view, distance, pockets of coolness and warmth, flickers of sun and shadow, all come into sharp relief as I walk the land and sketch or otherwise note what I see and feel. The knowledge deposits itself in my mind and waits for use. The place takes on a wholeness, a fullness that my senses encompass, all symbolized on a simple piece of paper that connects to an image inside me. Observation goes far beyond simply noting the objects on the site. Observation at its best means being immersed in the place.
Built with attractive stone, an herb spiral can be an eye-catching central feature of any garden. Other Natural Patterns in the Garden Let’s examine why the herb spiral offers so many rewards. This design winds a straight line into a spiral and then drapes this two-dimensional pattern over a three-dimensional one—the mound of soil. The combination spawns a wealth of what are called synergistic effects—the unexpected benefits of a new collaboration that neither partner alone can offer. These two patterns also interact with the environment—sun, shade, time of day, and so on—as well as with people—saving labor and space, encouraging use, looking attractive—in many more ways than a static row ever could.
We can also keep the house warmer or cooler by planting on these edges. • Pavement/soil edge. Paved surfaces collect water, so thirstier plants can be placed alongside sidewalks and driveways to catch runoff. Pavement also stores up heat on sunny days, so the adjacent soil will be warmer. • Fence/yard edge. Fences and walls act as filters, stopping some flows (such as people and views) and allowing or creating others (airflow, perching birds). Debris and snow will pile up against fences, collecting mulch and moisture.