After visiting Ruth Bancroft, I took Emma by Living Green to see their sidewalk landscaping. When she got asked to bid on her first commercial account in a strip mall, the first thing I thought was, "Steal Living Green's sidewalk." I'm not sure how cool it is to
Shall we discuss that notion? Should (Do) gardeners have a copyright on their designs? Note that American copyright protection springs to life at the moment of
Living Green is a very classy indoor/outdoor landscape design consultation firm and showroom located in San Francisco's design district. They have a striking sidewalk planting that would work in many sunny California cities. The plant palette is simple, inexpensive, and low-maintenance.
Beschorneria, Coleonema, Cordyline, Euphorbia, Hedychium, Tibouchina, some bamboo and some restios--and you're about 90% there. Add few aeoniums, tuck in a few grasses, and you're basically done. How much does the purple wall matter? It makes all that yellow pop, and when the Tibouchina has its purple flowers on, the whole thing looks even better.
The question of how to prune Tibouchina brought a lot of people to my old blog. The answer here appears to be, "Prune it hard." These are already in tree-form, but all the ascending branches have recently been topped at around seven feet. It seems to work.
Vigorous new growth emerges right from 1-inch diameter wood.