The homeowners wanted to create both an enjoyable and visually interesting outdoor space that was reminiscent of their prior southwestern home. They chose to landscape the entire space so they could create a low maintenance, waterwise garden. Ornamental grasses and herbs are found throughout. Flowering native plants add color, attract butterflies, and create a year-round color display. Plants were placed to frame the main view of the golf course and wetland area. Large grasses screen the neighboring yards and create a sense of privacy. The urn fountain can be seen from the covered patio and heard from inside the house.
The hardscape surfaces were kept as natural as possible to create an overall native feel. A decomposed granite pathway with flagstone steps encircles the small yard allowing the homeowner to visit the entire garden. A boulder terrace along the pathway addresses the slope of the garden. Low maintenance rock covers the bed area instead of mulch. A small shaded patio enables the homeowners to sit and enjoy the plants and visiting butterflies.
A stone outdoor grill and other outdoor accessories were added to the existing outdoor living area to create a place to entertain. Flagstone steps and ornamental grasses were strategically placed to direct guests to the patio. Minimal lighting was added to guide visitors to both patios and around the garden path.
The no maintenance side yard path adds to the southwestern feel. Ornamental grasses help hide the utility boxes. A large tree hiding the home was removed from the middle of the front yard. Beds encircle the small lawn and stepping stones expand the entryway. Colorful annuals, perennials, and roses enhance the front landscape.
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