El Jardine en Equilibrio

Address: Wild Primrose
Owners: Erin and John Height
Subdivision: Diamond Tail

A large engraved boulder with the number “104” marks this Wild Primrose property. Several established prickly pear, red yucca, and agave succulents grace the entry boulder. The driveway leads up to the front courtyard and then a 3-car garage entry pad. The front serviceable entrances to the home were built to take in the east Sandia mountain view. Native planted apache plum, red yucca grass, agaves and existing one seeded juniper trees anchor the foreground to the mountain view. A green stained antique wooden gate and a large pinon pine to the left beautifully accent the outdoor entry to the front courtyard. The front courtyard frames the photogenic front home entrance portal and wooden distressed door. The curvy entry walk asymmetrically intersects the front courtyard with the left facing third planted with a large Austrian pine and aspen trees.   The right larger portion of the courtyard is anchored by a large stone water feature and planted with mostly mid-height shrubs and additional aspen trees. This courtyard oasis was landscaped using the asymmetric principle of balance.

John and Erin are consistently adding to their original landscape plants and perform their own garden maintenance. This home property has been landscaped on three sides of the home defined by hardscaped walls, pathways and different colors of landscape rock and borders. The back courtyard is totally enclosed, gate accessible to a service vehicle, and is anchored by a large swimming pool, large back portal, and patio perfect for entertaining outdoors. Planted areas to the north and west of the pool include large shrubs, perennials and agaves. The south side of the home is not enclosed and includes native flowers, vegetable garden growing enclosures, and fruit trees on the southeast side bordering their garage driveway entrance area. John and Erin would like to plant more fruit trees including apricot varieties.

John and Erin are not afraid to grow different types of plants and learn from the experience. A few years back they planted iris bulbs in a prepared plot expecting a profusion of blooms the following spring. The iris plants have not bloomed well since with no identifiable cause. John and Erin are still learning about their high elevation growing zone, unique soil composition, plant irrigation requirements, and improved use of their property micro-climates for growing fruit tree varietals. They would love to exchange information on gardening and landscaping successes and challenges with you.