For a really neat view of what wind can do in a garden, you should go look at David at the desert edge's post on wind as garden element. It made me think about different ways I might be able to incorporate the wind (that's always here!) into my garden, without driving my neighbors nuts with wind chimes!
The dry stream bed occupies the whole south-side of my property. I put in the front garden part of it first, about three (almost four!) years ago now:
|Looking towards the back garden|
There are three pink Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) clumps, spaced along the dry stream bed. They're surrounded by decomposed granite, with local stone making up the stream bed. The larger rocks match the rocks on house. I wish I could say I planned that, but it was a happy accident!
|This hasn't been the best year for the pink plumes - they're getting cut back soon.|
|The back garden, looking west|
|West-most end of dry stream bed|
There is one thing about the two dry stream beds - while they match, they aren't actually "connected" in the sense that water could flow - as seen in this picture, part of the block wall cuts the two stream beds in half. And another note to self project - I'd like to do something to that gate, probably paint or stain it.
|All the plants are on drip-emitters, which helps cut down on water use and keeps weeds from growing (win-win!)|