We recently shared with you the beginnings of a new landscape project in our garden–in other words turning our backyard into a drought resistant oasis. While we will share some of the more exciting details of installing a drip system at a later date, we thought it might prove helpful to list a few elements necessary for a drought resistant garden that will work in both residential and commercial applications.
- Hardy plants. While succulents may be the first type of plant that comes to mind, there are many plant varieties that are able to survive, and even thrive, in a drought. To name a few- recognizable plants like the Bird of Paradise, day lilies, California poppy, and even the beautiful and flowering hibiscus will add color and variety to a garden. Selecting plants that are native to your area or from a similar climate is a good place to start but check with your local nursery experts to find just the right plant species for your location.
- Irrigation. An efficient irrigation system is key to maintaining a beautiful garden at any time but especially during a drought or in a water challenged environment. The experts will be able to help you determine the right type of watering system for your area.
- Hardscape. Hardscaping is defined as “the placement of nonplant elements such as fences, walkways, paving, and lighting in a planned outdoor area.” Gravel pathways, for example, can replace large expanses of water hungry sod and small patios or seating areas will create little backyard “getaways” where you can enjoy a quiet drink, read a book or sneak in an afternoon nap.
- Shade. Shade is one of nature’s natural air conditioners. Even palm trees will provide a bit of shade during the day and that will keep any plants, and you, cooler.
- Personality. Drought resistant or not, every garden needs a bit of personality. A beautiful fountain will provide the soothing sounds of water while a unique sculpture, hand-thrown pots or custom lighting will add ambience to even the smallest of gardens.
To view our entire collection of architectural hardware and lighting, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.
Designers can visit the showroom located at:
5433 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca 90016
323 939 5929