Commercial Xeriscaping

 

Plants for commercial properties need to look tidy and be tough. Here are two examples.

 
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This was an exciting opportunity to experiment with espaliering native hackberry trees. The clients wanted shade for the southern side of this building, yet we had a very narrow bed to work with. The native hackberry, which grows right up in the foothills, needs only the rainfall that we receive, so it's super tough! These trees have grown in and provide valuable shade in the summer and then drop their leaves in the winter so the sun can warm the building.

This was an exciting opportunity to experiment with espaliering native hackberry trees. The clients wanted shade for the southern side of this building, yet we had a very narrow bed to work with. The native hackberry, which grows right up in the foothills, needs only the rainfall that we receive, so it's super tough! These trees have grown in and provide valuable shade in the summer and then drop their leaves in the winter so the sun can warm the building.

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Project begins...

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Second year

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Present

 

We had to treat this design as a rooftop garden because the depth of the beds was only ten inches. Trees planted in these beds had damaged the concrete, so we could only use perennials in the re-design. The use of vines visually compensated for the absence of the height of the trees. These beds are irrigated with a drip line once a week.

 
 
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These containers have plants in them that only need weekly watering, even though they are very exposed and surrounded by concrete.