Front yard desert Landscaping Design

April 27, 2019
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Tips And Ideas For Front Yard Designs In The Desrt Southwest

This Southwest front yard landscape design is not only a great example of Southwest landscaping but also a true example of the principle of simplicity. The planting ideas follow xeriscaping principles and are kept to a minimum of species and color combinations.

Desert Southwest Front Yard Xeriscaping Ideas

Drought Tolerant Plants Used In This Design

  • Texas Sage
  • Russian Sage
  • Red Tip Yucca (Hesperaloe)
  • Apache Plume
  • Coreopsis (Yellow)
  • Blue Flax - Great For Mass Planting
  • Lawn Area - Mix of Hybrid Buffalo Grass, Blue Grama Grass, and Wildflowers
  • Mexican Elder Tree - Next to home
  • Desert Willow - Trees in yard

More About This Design

The elements and shape in this Southwest front yard all exhibit a desert, Santa Fe, Arizona design style. All the plants in this plan are of a drought tolerant nature common in xeriscaping. Even the lawn area which is a mixture of Buffalo grass, Blue Grama, and wildflowers is perfect for a desert landscape scene.

The two curvy areas in the lawn are actually limestone boulders that create a 12" high shelf that descends back. This adds a second level to the yard which generaly adds interest to most landscaping and garden design ideas.

The pathway is dark red pea gravel which isn't necessarily the best element in most instances for a garden or landscaping path. It is easily moved by wind, rain, and foot traffic as well as being picked up in shoes and tracked into the house. Why did we use it here? Sometimes the wishes of our clients override our professional advice. And ultimately, everyone should have what they want.

The white ground cover is native 2" river rock. Creating contrast in design can often be very appealing. As well as the differences in color, differences in size, texture, and composition can also create a pleasing contrast.

This is just a front yard of a square box house. However, as you can see, the curves take away the squareness of the home. Curves are typical for desert southwest landscape design as well as my own favorite style.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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