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Flower Wall

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: March, 2014, Page 56
Photo by Garrett Cook

An unattractive wall becomes a garden focal point

When Sam Campana moved into her Scottsdale home in 2001, a backyard wall that concealed pool equipment was embellished with a relief panel that didn’t match anything. In addition, the awkward-looking wall was surrounded by large river rocks, making the space feel hot and dry.

Wanting to make the uninviting setting a focal point, Campana decided to paint the freestanding wall—along with the yard’s perimeter walls—a shade of indigo that she had seen in a magazine. Desert plants and garden art would be added to bring life to the area, which is the backdrop for the swimming pool.

A custom  blue wall paint that offsets the green hues of the cacti and succulents was chosen to accomplish the goal. Flowering desert flora was installed—including many plants that attract butterflies—and a piece of metal bird art was placed on the vintage stone panel to help blend it into the space.

Campana, who loves to garden, planted chartreuse gopher plant (Euphoria rigida), Arizona milkweed, lady slipper, lantana and verbena. A big supporter of Arizona artists, she bought the rusted-metal birds at a Phoenix-area garden shop.
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