Why did you decide to name your company Big Red Sun?
The name is inspired by Lucinda Williams's song "Big Red Sun Blues." We like it because we do everything under the sun—not just landscaping but also designing custom pools and ponds, making floral arrangements and selling house and garden furnishings. We have a store and studio in Austin and a new studio in Venice Beach.
What are your best-known projects?
In Austin, we designed the public spaces and gardens at the Hotel San José. To give guests extra privacy, some rooms have a covered porch hidden behind blossoming plants, such as jasmine and wisteria. In Los Angeles, we created window displays for shops like Heist. For Heist, we used sand-blasted manzanita (a native California wood), and curly and peeled willow.
What are some of your favorite plants to work with?
In Austin we focus on cacti and agave that tolerate severe heat and icy winters. We like pedilanthus, an upright, pencil-like plant with an amazing orange-red bloom. Pink chintz thyme is low and carpety and provides excellent ground cover. We also love a type of dwarf olive called little ollie—a small evergreen with pretty leaves that are silver on the back.