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Old Yesterday, 02:49 PM
 
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I have a long narrow terrace garden 6x50ft. The back of the terrace is a 4ft ht rock wall.

I plan to do a row of mugo pine. I wonder what plants would look good behind the mugo pines against the rock wall.

The terrace faces west and get full harsh sun. Z7 high desert.
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Old Yesterday, 03:07 PM
 
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That's an intense micro-climate. Perhaps this link might help:

https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/...ubs/az1606.pdf
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Old Today, 06:47 AM
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It’s hard to make suggestions without a picture, but what about bamboo?

https://www.bambooranch.net/
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Old Today, 08:31 AM
 
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I have a long narrow terrace garden 6x50ft. The back of the terrace is a 4ft ht rock wall.

I plan to do a row of mugo pine. I wonder what plants would look good behind the mugo pines against the rock wall.

The terrace faces west and get full harsh sun. Z7 high desert.
Are you close enough to visit your arboretum? https://www.washoecounty.us/parks/fi...ure%202018.pdf

I find arboretums and university gardens to be an excellent resource for design ideas, discovering native plants and others that do well in your specific area, and an added bonus in going at this time of year is it can also help you find plants that may have winter interest.

The ones I have been to generally are also a good source of plant sellers for unique or hard to find native plants, and a good way to meet locals whose brains you can pick for information and ideas.
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Old Today, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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My first thought would be a variety of yucca, although you might have to stagger it with the mugo pine rather than plant directly behind it, depending on the type of pine. You might want to look at the website for High Country Gardens nursery online, as they grow all their plants in New Mexico and Utah and they are pretty much for desert-like, high sun conditions. Also consult your your local county extension agent for more recommendations.
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Old Today, 09:17 AM
 
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I have one mungo pine as a specimen. Of course, the southeast zone 7 is very different from the west. It is very slow growing. Perhaps behind them, for verticality, alternating a tall grass such as Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass. I have found Karl Foerster easy to divide whereas many grasses are difficult to divide.

Russian sage perhaps.
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