You know how they say that if you give something long enough it will come back into style? Well on a recent trip to phoenix where we toured through Sun City (a planned neighborhood for retired folks) and we were sort of torn on whether we loved the landscaping in a kitschy, retro way, if we loved it in a it kind of looks modern and sparse and it's got rocks kind of a way or if it just isn't cool at all.
This aesthetic is obviously very desert and you see a lot of it in Palm Springs. It's certainly drought tolerant with cactus and succulents that don't need much water and rocks as ground cover. We like the sparseness of it and think this same equation works great in a container. Perhaps a more modern take on something like this would be some of the work that Big Red Sun is doing now. They incorporate cactus and succulents into small areas as sculptures and use lots of gravel to cover the ground (you can see what we mean here at Steven Alan in Venice).
What do you think, would you rock a version of this in your yard?