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Southwest Patio

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: April, 2013, Page 62
Photo by Richard Maack

Getting the Southwest look in a patio garden

A neglected Phoenix property with a charming adobe home and a spacious front patio needed to be cleaned up and revegetated. The homeowners wanted a natural desert landscape to go with the “old Arizona” feel of the house.

Landscaping by André recommended large specimen trees and boulders to create instant drama. The addition of hardscape elements, including paving and a water feature, would tie the home’s architecture to the landscape.

Desert plants in varying shapes, sizes, hues and textures are grouped to appear as they might in the wild. Upside-down Saltillo tile serves as paving and a tiered cantera fountain lends rustic charm.

An ironwood tree, situated near the house, provides filtered shade to an array of cacti and succulents. Tucked throughout the space are pink penstemon, red fairy duster and pots brimming with geraniums and alyssum.

This property will be featured on Phoenix Home & Garden’s Grand Tour of Gardens, April 7. Log on to for more information.
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