MCM Approved Landscape Trees and Plants
Now that our home renovation is relatively under control, we’re starting to consider how we want to update our yard and gardens with a landscaping overhaul so I thought this would be a good time to start a post where we can post pictures and discuss various trees, plants and landscape design that people like, dislike and/or have experience with.
Horsetail Reed / Equisetum
This is the first plant that comes to mind when I think of Eichler landscaping. A well maintained row of this looks great against the vertical-groove siding, or in front of a floor to ceiling window.
We plan to plant a row of these in our atrium but I want to learn more about the watering needs – I see them growing next to ponds a lot, so it seems they require moist soil at all times. I might build an in-ground containerized system that will hold water well so that we don’t have to water them constantly.
Does anyone have experience w/ the soil and watering needs of horsetails?
These plants are considered a ‘living fossil’ since they date back to the time of the dinosaurs!
I attach images below and I added an image of ‘Cape Rush’ which is a similar looking variation.
Papyrus / Cyperus papyrus
This is another commonly seen Eichler landscape plant which I am also fond of and plan to incorporate into our atrium plantings. I’m thinking it would look best in a corner for some reason.
Does anyone have this on their property? If so, please share your experience with it.
I also attach an image below.
Here is another landscape plant that I have had my eye on for quite a while. I think they fit nicely into the MCM landscape world.
Anybody have tips on growing these?
I read that they like acidic soil.
Plant image is attach below.
Joshua Tree / Yucca Brevifolia
I’ve been seeing this tree all over the place and trying to figure out what it is called – fortunately I saw one in our friends’ yard (fellow forum member: kyaustin) – and he informed me that it is called a ‘yucca’ tree. I googled it and learned that it’s more commonly known as a ‘Joshua Tree’, as in the national park. It’s related to the Agave cactus. My wife and I both agree that it has a nice MCM vibe so now it’s on the landscaping list. Let me know if anyone knows of a good source. Or, if you know anything about it’s requirements and care, etc.
Image is attach below.(image credit)
Here is one that looks similar to the Joshua Tree that I think I might like even more. It’s called the Ponytail Palm. I saw one reference to it as the Elephant foot Palm since it is characterized by a large sometimes bulbous base.