XERISCAPE: LANDSCAPING WITH STYLE in the ARIZONA DESERT

       


Other Ways to Add Pizzazz
Although hardscape, structures and plants will be the major components of your outdoor spaces, remember that there are dozens of ways to add color and interest to the landscape. Consider using garden artwork, fabric and paint to help complete your landscape design. People often overlook these materials when planning their landscapes, leaving plants to provide the only available color. Outdoor artwork can include ornamental doors and metal work. Colorful fabrics on seat cushions, umbrellas and awnings can brighten up the yard all year long. Paint applied to walls, fences, trellises and yard furniture can be used to add personality to the landscape and draw attention to certain spots in the yard. Fabric and paint are relatively inexpensive ways to "remodel" your outdoor spaces so you can change them from time to time. These are low risk ways to experiment and have some fun.

Swathes of granite mulch create a clean backdrop for this front yard. These unplanted areas create a topography - an important design element.
Photo credit: Charles Mann, Charles Mann Photography

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Swathes of granite mulch create a clean backdrop for this front yard. These unplanted areas create a topography - an important design element.  Tree branches frame the colorful combination of blue chair and table with yellow ochre wall. Creative wall placement and color add pizzazz and help to create private spaces in this small yard. Paint, fabric and imagination add color to this backyard Xeriscape.

 
 
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