Saturday, December 8, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday, with a bold hand

Tradescantia and Silver Agave
Originally uploaded by gardenwiseguy

It's such fun to have clients who are risk takers. Here's what ya get. He's a brilliant architectural and fine art photographer; she's an interior designer. This west facing slope was covered with mostly dead Bermuda grass (the scourge of the west). The concept we mutually developed was large panels of ground cover, each with its own contrasting central element. In this case, it's Agave americana and Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart.' It stops traffic....really


Pam/Digging said...

Pam @ Digging says:

That's remarkable. I'd stop my car for a better look too.

And the only good Bermuda grass is dead Bermuda grass.

Garden Wise Guy said...

Have you tried sheet mulching to get rid of Bermuda (the grass, not the island)? Works pretty damn well in warm climates like yours.

Leah said...

Wow! Very eyecatching indeed. Love the greens on the red.

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Trey Pitsenberger said...

Really cool look. Very Santa Barbara. That stuff would look like a pile of mush up here in the foothills this time of year. You folks in the mild parts of the state make me jealous. We don't have enough snow up the hill yet to ski my jealous thoughts away. Damn!

Tricia said...

It looks beautiful. Oh and I had Bermuda Grass ... luckily we have nice soft grass here in Toronto.

No Rain said...

I guess I missed you last GTS, so here goes, a week late, since you don't have a GTS post for this week. The Purple Heart/Agave americana combo is attractive. I have both, but not together. I've seen Purple Heart planted under Palo Brea and Palo Verde trees, and the lime greens a purples are also striking.
Happy GTS,

MrBrownThumb said...

I never would have thought of those two plants planted together. The effect is pretty spectacular.