Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
There is a resort in Arizona that dares to be different. Scott Rhorer and
Terry Schoen are in charge of horticulture at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Terry takes pride in the flower displays each season and is always willing to give us a tour. Terry has mastered blending a bit of “old fashion” with the new and different.
His use of the true zonal variegated type geraniums (Brocade Series) as accents in the color beds are truly gorgeous. Some areas have the brocades layered with snaps while other spots have them featured as color in leaf only.
Few resorts go for the cottage garden look. The Pointe has this down to an art. Mixes of ‘Columbine’ foxglove and delphinium give guests the look of a home garden around the family play areas and pool. The focal points at the entrance and fountains are modern colorscapes designed to draw attention.
During summer, Terry mixed scaviola ‘Blue Wonder’ as a border, then mid layered with yellow lantana backing with red ‘Starla’ pentas. This is a great hot weather color combination.
Finding the right spot can make all the difference. A semi-shaded tiered planter became a waterfall of ipomea. The use of foliage color as a statement is mind-blowing. Around the lazy river pool area he has found limonium (statice) to be resistant to the chlorinated splashing; a common issue at resorts.
Terry continuously experiments with new color combinations. Like all gardeners, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Gaillardia in the summer heat this year got the best of him; but was worth a try.
We applaud Terry’s approach to color beds and wiliness to try something new. We look forward to Terry’s next work of art this fall.