Arizona Landscape Design Discoveries

by Allen Quay

in Travel

Many homeowners are interested in looking for Arizona landscape design ideas to make their landscapes look their very best. However, every area has its own unique challenges, and Arizona is certainly no exception.

Its desert landscape means that methods that work well in temperate areas aren’t the best choice. Landscaping in this climate can be tricky.

However, it doesn’t have to be hard to design a great landscape around your home whether you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Glendale or Chandler.

 

Here are a few Arizona landscape design ideas to help you get started:

Outdoor Rooms Are In

One of the biggest trends right now is the creation of outdoor living spaces. Outdoor kitchens are the most common, including outdoor fireplaces, firepits, BBQ grills, and attractive seating areas. However, people are creating entire great rooms for outdoor gatherings and entertainment.

Arizona landscape design ideas

Southwest style homes and gardens can be complemented by an outdoor kitchen or entertainment area in a similar style, for instance. Consider using adobe, terracotta, and similar materials.

While there are lots of fancy outdoor rooms, yours doesn’t have to be a big investment. You can start with a simple outdoor living space and add on as you go, or just keep it small.

 

Xeriscaping and Gardens

Lawn maintenance costs are going up, which means that many people are opting for an alternative to the traditional grassy lawn. In Arizona, where water can be at a premium, popular options include gardens and getting rid of the lawn altogether. Planting native plants and creating a landscape that reflects the natural surrounding environment (called xeriscaping) is a cost effective and attractive way to create a landscape that’s right for Arizona.

Arizona landscape design ideas

Container gardening, low maintenance, environmentally friendly plants, and the creations of gardens that reflect reality rather than the ideal are in. Fussy, lush gardens that look like they’re out of the pages of a magazine are becoming a lot less popular as environmental realities and time constraints start to set in.

If you choose to create a water-conserving landscape design, be sure to use correctly designed beds to take advantage of natural rainfall in your area. Use soil with a good structure, so it’ll hold water longer, and make use of gravel or mulch – it cools soil and slows evaporation.

More and more homeowners are looking for Arizona landscape design ideas that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Outdoor living spaces, water conservation, and native plants, garden paths, vertical designs, and luxurious architectural features are also very popular.

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1 Allen Quay September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hi James, Thanks for your comments. I love the Arizona area and lived in Scottsdale twice and would go back again. Many people there are going with water-saving native landscaping and what a difference it makes to the communities! We lived in one of those areas and there was so much wildlife around us. Lots of birds, lizards and native rabbits and coyotes not to mention a few javelinas which are remarkable creatures. Has anyone else seen a javelina?

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