We have an area on the west side of the house. It is where my (beautiful!) washing line is, and where one of the AC units is, and where everything else gets dumped. It is the last area that needs planting. I have put in two Shoestring Acia trees already, but nothing else. This area only really gets sun in the afternoon and is very hot in summer. I want this area to be very low maintainence without much, if any irrigation so that it can pretty much look after itself.
This is the view looking north. (Not very pretty!) You can see the wellworn path along the wall that the dogs have made running up and down. It would be nearly impossible to plant stuff there without it being trampled underfoot.
This is the view looking south. It is narrow here and dark!
My idea right now is to plant a variety of completely native plants,(except for the Acacia's already there), mostly from seed, plants like Globemallow, Triangle Bursage, Brittlebush, and Desert Marigold . I also plan to buy a couple of Creosote plants because they are difficult to germinate from seed, and a few Baja Fairydusters, which aren't native but do well here.
There is a company called Plants of the Southwest that I have ordered seeds from before, and they have a good range of native seed. Another company is The Native Seed Company, based in Tucson. I can't find a web site for them, but I have bought seed mixes from stores blended by them.
Does anyone else have any other ideas for this spot? It is the most difficult part of the backyard so of course got left until last! It doesn't need to be amazing, I would really just like a wilder, uncultivated look to enjoy as I hang out my undies!