Garden Plans?

Garden Plans?

My ceramics teacher wants a garden out behind the class room. The area is a long narrow wedge with a rectangle at the east end of it. It's sort of the shape of a flag on a flag pole, if the flagpole got wider as it went up, and if the whole thing were turned on its side. The class is on the south side of this, and it is backed by a cinderblock wall that is about 6 ft tall. The class and building are actually set back some, and between this garden area and the building is a covered area containing students' pottery (It's a ceramics class, after all.) The flag area is uncovered, and its east end is open to another covered bay. This is Zone 9b, but well enough sheltered to take a bit more frost than usual for that. Expect it to get blazingly hot though. The west tip or end of the flag pole is about 2 ft wide, and the whole thing widens to about 6 ft wide just before it joins its flag. Because of the covering on the south side of the flagpole, there is a hard drip line down it. I have already suggested that he collect broken glazed ceramics to go on that drip line. Because of the combined effect of the covering and the wall, the west end of the tip is very shaded, and the shade gradually gets lighter as we go east. The flag is full sun most of the day. There will be some sort of student seating area in the flag. I'm thinking that I want to re-create a mountain coming out into a sunny valley, because our teacher loves to mountain climb, OR a Florida creek flowing into the sea, because he loves to Kayac here. He is rather an environmentalist, and wants Florida natives, or mostly natives. For the mountain idea, I was thinking of white butterfly ginger at the tip of the flagpole, to show a mountain with bits of snow. Then white and blue mixed plumbego down the wall to the end of the pole, giving a water effect over the broken pottery creek bed. At the end of that, where the flagpole hits the flag, could be a pool, where our mountain stream hits the valley. Taking the flag as a separate unit, the center north wall of it could get my little allspice tree, which will grow to a nice tall shade. The east open wall of the flag could get fire bushes around a mound of tiger grass, for a sunrise effect. Under planting that with Muhly grass might be nice. The center of the flag could get something like a chaste tree, to shade the students. The rest of the area could be planted with native bushes and grasses. I'd really love to see a fringe tree in that mix. The other idea, the beach plan, needs something different down the flagpole, but I'm not sure what. And I'd do the sunrise with just fire bushes, underplanted with beach sunflowers, and with some silver buttonwood around it for the puffy clouds. I think the shade in the middle might be better from a sea grape or a pigeon plum. I'm really NOT a garden designer. I tend to plant where I have space. The "This represents that" sort of thing is not my strong point, but it's how our teacher does art, so I thought he might respond well to it. So, please...any suggestions?
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