...how to landscape.
when the gold line opened in 2003, these flowering vines were put in the ground at regular intervals at the base of this fence. though you can't see it in this picture, the vines are planted on the other side of the cinder blocks. due to the slope of the ground on that side, the soil is only a foot or two below the top of the concrete.
i wasn't at the design meetings and i don't actually know what variety of plant this is, but i'm guessing the idea was that they would eventually grow in on their own, providing beauty and noise-reduction for both passengers and residents. this particular section of fence is actively tended and has failed pretty miserably in that respect. that brown stuff on the right has been doing its best to look like the orange stuff on the left and things aren't really working out.
just down the way, where things are left to nature, we get a totally different story.
i know this is hard for some people to get their heads around, but not all plants need active watering. metro, what do you say? how bout getting some gardeners who know what they're doing?
by the way, if any of you knows what kind of plants these are and how to care for them, please post something in the comments.