Garden Tour 2016

Desert Southwest Delight

Narrow pie-shaped cul-de-sac lots can be challenging, but this homeowner has found a solution with a desert southwest style.

A stucco walled courtyard with an iron gate sets the backdrop and stage for this garden and creates an extension for outdoor living. Decorative terracotta pottery, plants and other iron garden artifacts accent the stucco wall and pilasters. A stained and textured concrete walkway in complimentary tones draws you through the landscape up to the courtyard.

In this application the small textured lava rock works as mulch and compliments the red tile roof and has a more contemporary look than the lava rock of decades past. Be advised that decorative rock mulch can emit a significant amount of heat that radiates to the soil in summer months; however this is not a problem proper with plant selection that can tolerate such conditions.

Plantings of agave, aloe and yucca punctuate the garden, while whimsical accessories like Ziggy the lizard emerging from his clay pot and an iron sculptural piece resembling Ocotillo cactus add touches of fun and makes this garden a southwest delight!

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