I've been reading Joe Eck's Elements of Garden Design this summer, and one of the first things he talks about in the book is deciding on the garden's "intention." That is, what is the garden supposed to be, what is it supposed to make you feel like...
A couple of summers ago I saw a garden in Dallas called The Pump House, and I was very moved by it, in part because of the way it reminded me of a desert cantina. I'm not sure that's what that particular garden's intention was supposed to be, but it made me realize that that is what I want my garden's intention to be--to have a sort of desert cantina/Texas hill country bier garten effect on the psyche, if you will. So this is the direction I've been going with the hardscaping.
On Saturday a friend came over and saw the garden, and without any prompting from me, she started talking about how it reminded her of places in the hill country of Texas. So I guess I'm headed on the right track...
Before (for those of you haven't been following, it looks this bad because of drought and house construction mess):
I won't lie, I'm using drought-proof garden structure to replace plants.
Next up: I build some outdoor kitchen counters.