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Spicing Up a Patio

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: July, 2013, Page 46
Photo by Kevin Crosse



Creating Instant Ambience on a Patio With Plants and Art

THE IDEA
The front courtyard of this Phoenix home was predominately hardscape, so plant designer Craig Pearson, a Phoenix Home & Garden Master of the Southwest, wanted to soften the look.

THE PLAN
To carry out his plan, Pearson came up with a mix of pots and plants to suit the setting. Then, a dining set was added, and ceramic artist Jim Sudal was commissioned to create a desert-themed work of wall art, making the space feel like an extension of the interior.

THE DESIGN
Spanish urns and rustic pots are filled with desert flora and seasonal blooms, and the ceramic wall piece depicts a flowering hesperaloe, a plant that flourishes in the desert and elsewhere on the property.

THE PLANTS
Potted treelike yuccas, blue-leafed agaves and red geraniums bring the ambience of the garden closer to the home and make the space feel more intimate and inviting.
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