Magazine article Sunset

Water Works

Magazine article Sunset

Water Works

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This Santa Fe backyard was designed around a simple showpiece: a recirculating fountain, made from a slightly indented wheel of granite. Monika Hellwegen and Azul Cobb, of landscape design firm Carlotta from Paradise (S05/690-6916), place a water feature in nearly every garden they build. "It's similar to a fireplace; it makes you want to stop, rest, and stay awhile," says Hellwegen. But the homeowners aren't the only beneficiaries--birds flock each morning to sip and splash in the shallow water. Semicircular planting beds give a sense of enclosure to the oasis.


In a sunny part of your garden, plant Asian herbs like flowering Chinese leek, shiso, and Thai basil. Good sources; Ever Green Seeds (evergreen and Kitazawa Seed Company (

Once all risk of frost has passed, plant subtropicals, including angel's trumpet, canna, ginger lily (Alpinia), and mandevilla.

Soften borders by tucking in some low, mounding plants, such as catmint, Sanvitalia, and sweet alyssum.

For summer flowers that attract bees, sow seeds of cosmos, marigolds, nasturtiums, sunflowers, and zinnias.


Prep beds for planting by turning over the soil and digging in at least 4 inches of compost. …

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