Part two of our series on themed landscape design explores the gardens that are found in the Desert Southwest. Be sure to read part one and part three of this series as well.
Themed Landscape Design: The Old West Made New
Sometimes themed landscaping is more than just what flowers to plant in the fall, or how far apart you should put them. Sometimes, you want to add a touch of charm. Living in a major metropolitan area like Phoenix, it is easy to forget that Arizona was a cowboy state, and very much part of the Old West. Don’t believe us? Ever heard of Wyatt Earp? How about Tombstone or the Lost Dutchman? How about creating a space that captures the romance and bravado of the Old West.
How? Well, think about the Old West: dusty streets, magnificent buttes, railroads, lone campfires in a desert landscape. Hmm, desert landscaping. That would seem to be a great place to start. And make no mistake it isn’t just dry, boring plants and the odd cactus. Think about the brilliant gold of a California poppy, or the rich orange of an ocotillo. Desert lupine and hummingbird trumpets have amethyst purples and carnelian reds. And sandstone boulders add a nice earth tone touch to bind it all together.
Landscape Design Tips For an Old West Garden
For a whimsical touch, put a wagon wheel in a bed of white poppies, or maybe line your flower beds with railroad ties. However, it isn’t just railroad ties and xeriscaping that can make a southwestern garden.
Maybe have a container garden with brightly painted Mexican pots, or maybe a rusty iron sculpture of a coyote. It is the little whimsical touches that can transform your garden from drab to exciting.
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