Featured recently on Gardenista, the book, Desert Gardens of Steve Martino by Steve Martino, has some beautiful images of just the kind of sculptural planting that I love to see, and incorporate into my own small garden where I am able.
Quoting from Gardenista, 10 ideas to steal from Desert Gardens by Michelle Slatalla:
[this book is by] Phoenix-based landscape architect Steve Martino, who grew up in arid, rocky terrain. As a teenage horse wrangler, he developed an affinity for desert landscapes and native plants that has informed his work for four decades.
“One day I found all these old issues of Arizona Highways from the forties, featuring these guest dude ranches, desert resorts,” he says. The pictures were crazy, with plants that were just so dramatic, natives transplanted from the desert. They didn’t have all the stuff you get these days from nurseries from somewhere else. It was like a stage setting. That’s the feeling I try to create.”
Martino has collected 21 of his favorite landscape projects in a new book called Desert Gardens of Steve Martino (Monacelli Press) …
Photography by Steve Gunther, courtesy of The Monacelli Press.
Book, website and feature article, all show some stunning plants and landscaping plus helpful tips for me, and anyone, to consider for an upcoming garden makeover.
I blogged about my upcoming garden makeover yesterday on my Stiletto Wheels blog: Access My Home: Garden Planning but remain open to fresh ideas … love how gardens are always evolving.
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