Desert Landscape Design

Desert Landscape Design

The materials you choose for your desert landscaping can be natural or synthetic, but should work well with your plant life. Rocks, stone, pebbles, sand and concrete are top choices because they require no water, little maintenance and are virtually indestructible. Whether you’re going for cool minimalism or a cozy desert hideaway, a desert landscape design plan is within reach. Visit your local garden center for ideas.
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Desert Landscape Design

This guide will help you select paving materials, native plants, irrigation systems, outdoor furniture, and other amenities ideal for a desert garden. Armed with the right desert garden design ideas and tips for choosing plants that thrive in an arid environment, creating a lush desert garden will be easier than you think.
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Desert Landscape Design

If you are one of the people who think of the term “desert garden” as an oxymoron, it’s time to reconsider and push the images of barren sand dunes out of your mind. Beautiful gardens can exist in the desert, and many desert gardens are incredibly vibrant and full of plant life.
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Desert Landscape Design

At Desert Designer, we utilize eight-man, in-house crews. The large crew size means we are in and out of your life in half the time of other landscapers, and using our own workers means we are not dependent on a long list of subcontractors to get your job done. Our workers are all Desert Designer employees, so the pride and quality in their workmanship is apparent. Our masons are some of the best in the Valley!
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Desert Landscape Design

Even the illusion of water can have a calm, soothing effect in a landscape design. The designer of this dry creek bed used the natural desert washes of Arizona’s mountains as inspiration. Dry creek beds can also be efficient ways to manage stormwater runoff To get the look, create a subtle grade change in your backyard with mounds of soil and low-lying areas to mimic a natural stream.
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Desert Landscape Design

Use this design sheet to help you create the perfect Southwestern landscape. You’ll get ideas for color, décor, materials, plants and fabric. It is a great starting point for any desert landscaping project.
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Desert Landscape Design

Design tip: Consider using artifical grass. Not only will you save water, but you’ll also save on lawn maintenance, which can be tough in a desert climate where turf grass is anything but natural.
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Creating a plan will help you get the most out of your landscape while considering issues like cost, function, aesthetic preferences, maintenance requirements, water efficiency and energy efficiency. You can tailor the plan to suit your taste, your needs and your checkbook. The plan will serve as a guide throughout the landscaping process. It will help you stay focused and can help to avoid time consuming and costly mistakes. When developing a plan, think long-term. You may decide to complete your landscape all at once or in stages. Regardless of your approach, take the time to develop a complete plan for your yard.

Rain gardens reduce the risk of flooding and can be used to harvest rainwater. Water is channeled away from the house toward the rain garden, a low, planted area in the landscape, to percolate back into the landscape. Read more about rain gardens.
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We can start most jobs within a four-week window of finalizing your contract agreement with Desert Designer. We provide clear legends and scaled drawings to help with any HOA-approval process. We are centrally based in Tempe and we serve clients in every part of the Valley, and beyond. If you have specific needs or questions about our schedule or the installation process, click here
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The rocks, trees, shrubs and flowering plants in your yard should complement one another. That doesn’t mean everything should be the same size, but when creating accent areas within your property, let scale be your guide: a ring of short shrubs around taller desert grasses or flowers creates density and emphasis. Boulders or larger rocks can act as walls or to define a path or patio. Tall trees used next to a one-story house create an illusion of additional height; too many tall shrubs can dwarf a home.
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Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancelations made with less than two weeks’ notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancelations.
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At Desert Designer, we offer innovative designs and area plans, line-item cost breakdowns, and one of the best warranties in the industry. We complete all jobs in a timely manner so you can start enjoying your new outdoor environment as soon as possible.
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The keys to successful desert landscaping are knowledge and planning. In order to have a lively, functional garden that also has low water and maintenance requirements, you will need to make educated plant and hardscape choices.
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If you’ve got a small square spot to deal with, San Francisco landscape architect Rich Radford suggests turning paving in a lateral direction to your property line to create more hardscape space. For the 25-foot by 30-foot backyard seen here, he shifted the paving 45 degrees to get more surface area. 6. Pay attention to scale. If you’ve got a small backyard, the last thing you want to do is cram in a 10-person dining table.
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Photo of an expansive southwestern backyard landscape in Phoenix with a fountain. — HouzzSpread out/random but not drawing me in, in any way. Seems cluttered, even in it’s sparsity? — djtoze1 EmbedEmailQuestion
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