I was inspired by countless gardening ideas I saw in DC this weekend, only to be crushed when I discovered that most of the things I loved are somewhat obsessed with being in moderate, balmy climates. Since I don't take pleasure in watching plants suffer and I've given up on recreating DC climate in Phoenix (there just aren't enough mister systems!), I'm sticking to just a few of these great ideas.
Wood chips. There are wood chips covering just about every planter, yard, and public garden - they provide a wonderful feeling that somehow transports rural relaxation into the middle of the city.