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May 16, 2016


Doing it in stages is a good idea. In AZ, where 'wet' is a distinct ecosystem, I have dry areas and wet areas. Wet areas are the ones that get runoff from the roof that gathers in a depressed area in the yard (also called 'pond', but 'occasionally wet' would be more accurate). There I have the ash tree, navajo willow, honeysuckle, and iris. The rest of the yard is drought tolerant native grasses, sedum, phlox, penstamon, and whatever pops up on its own. I plant more stuff occasionally but it's definitely survival of the fittest in my yard. I've been working on it for 26 years

You may want to reconsider the boston ivy. I've heard it destroys masonry.
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The website recommended climbing roses. I would look at the plantings at Princeton and emulate those.

We went to pretty much all native plants (with a few from identical climates around the Mediterranean) some time ago. Mostly because of the drought have - - native plants, unlike what those elsewhere consider "standard" landscaping, don't need to be watered all. But there is also the feature that they take far less gardening than the non-natives.


In fact, I picked Boston Ivy because that's what on the buildings at Princeton. The house used to have a lot of English Ivy on it, but we've taken it off because that stuff is just mean. There's a separate stone building (being used as an office) where I'll maybe let Virginia Creeper do its thing for comparison purposes.

Viney plants are evil, so beware of encouraging ANY type of ivy.

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