Ron was wondering in the comments what I was doing with myself hanging out in Arizona. The short answer is not much. Lately I took a look at the front of my sister’s house and decided that it was floating in a sea of gravel:
So with her permission, I painted the front planter a deep terra cotta to anchor the house so it looks more grounded. And this is what it looks like this evening:
It blends with the terra cotta tile roof and gravel and contrasts nicely with the stylized glass block saguaro cactus that the previous owner put in the entry to let light in.
There you have it.