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Simply Beautiful Landscaping: Phoenix

In many parts of the country, creating lovely landscaping Phoenix-style using only four plant species would prove difficult. Every location does have it’s pros and cons, but it may still be surprising that you can have so much interest without more variety. Such a layout could look sparse, perhaps even bare in other climates, but here things are different.

This particular project has a small planting space next to the walk to the courtyard gate, but that doesn’t matter, because you can put quite a lovely scene together with a limited number of plants when you know what you’re doing. Limitations in material really just hone an artist’s skills. A creative person can work miracles with whatever they have on hand, but unlike many situations where making the most out of what is available, you can’t bend, twist, repaint, or upcycle plants to tweak them into something they never were. You have to know what plants to choose in landscaping, Phoenix, and what they will become over time.

Here we’ve only used desert roses, cactus, palm, and aloe. The repeated spike shape would be boring if the same plant variety was used, but there are several types of aloes. The palm echoes their texture, but in a different form. There are also several types of cactus, but none of them repeats in shape and mass, which is where increases the interest. Variegation, color, and mass also do their part in taking this small space from what would be boring into the realm of highly attractive. The Lady Banks Roses climbing trellises on the far wall adds just enough fluff to soften the backdrop for all the hard shapes in the foreground.

Plant selection matters in landscaping, Phoenix!

Stunning simplicity is sometimes harder to create than one would imagine. Especially getting it to maintain that look for years to come, because the small plant you install often changes quite a bit as it matures.

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