How to landscape in the Southwest

California fan palmHow to landscape in the Southwest. Landscaping in the southwest requires you to start thinking along the lines of harmony. The fundamental way to your landscaping design success is consistency and it will need to be applied to your entire yard and all around your home.

It does not matter if you are from the Southwest or live in in the North Eastern States.

Your landscape will need to have a similar feel and look, if you do this to your home it will have a balanced look of symmetry and is what separates good design from bad or not looking quite right landscape!

The Southwest does require a different set of landscaping rules.  One of them is water.  As the hot mid-summer sun can make many plants and trees wilt and die if not enough water is applied during this time.  Another problem is soil.  Most desert soils lack the right nutrients to make non-native plants look good.

Create Symmetry in Your Landscape

You can create a symmetry to your landscaping design in a few different ways. The most common way of bringing harmony to

How to landscape in the Southwest

your landscaping design is with similar types of plants and trees. This is easy to do and it will look fantastic. There is another way to get unity to be a basic part of your landscaping design and this is with heights.

By having even different plants and trees of the same or similar height you will be bringing the whole design of your yard together like you never knew you could. It will look wonderful and it works well.

Your landscaping design should make use of much more than just plants and trees. Flowers look great but they generally only bloom for part of the year so you need to find some other landscaping design elements that will look perfect all year round.

What to use in landscape design

rock-designYou could use landscaping stones and decorative boulders, or even mulch just to name a couple of things. You can also use granite, flagstone, and marble in your landscape design.

You can add nice little stepping-stones, some statues or water fountains in your landscaping design.  You can also just have an attractive rock garden design.

Your Landscape theme can go a long way towards making your landscaping design just right. If you love butterflies or hummingbirds then choose plants and flowers that will attract them to your yard and garden.  A post on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds will be coming soon.

This is a unique way to showcase your design and you and your guest will have something great to look at. You can talk to those at your local nursery store about which type of plants and flowers will work best for this where you live.

Find out what type of landscaping you will need.

It’s important to note that landscaping design needs to be balanced and whole looking. You can do anything you want with yourLeyandii Cypress landscaping design, you can design it yourself or you can hire a professional landscaper that is well experienced in your area.

They can tell you what types of trees and other vegetation that will work well in your specific garden zone. Or purchase a good landscape design book and to do it yourself. You will save a ton of money but the down side is the hard work.  I don’t mind it…how about you?

How to landscape in the Southwest

No matter what you decide to do, as long as there are unity and symmetry in your landscape the design will look perfect or close to it.


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    • Mellie
    • January 25, 2016

    What are some heat tolerant plants that I can plant in front if my house, I live in Houston Texas, and my house faces east, so the sun hits the front if my house, no big trees to shade the house

    • Paul Guzman
    • January 26, 2016

    There are lots of heat tolerant plants that you could use.
    Here is a small list.
    Yellow bird of paradise (Yellow Blooms)
    Russian Sage (dark lavender Flowers)
    Damianita (Yellow Flowers)
    Honey Mesquite (Small Tree)
    Red Tip Yuccas (Red tip Bloom)
    Low growing Junipers are drought tolerant
    Apache Plume (white desert flower)
    Dwarf Crape Myrtles (Various Colors)
    Verbena’s (Lots of varieties)
    African Daisies (tons of choices)
    Baja fairy duster (red and pink blooms)
    Texas Sages
    Mojave Sages
    Salvia’s Numerous colors.

    There are many more but the above are all drought tolerant. Remember many desert plants still need plenty of water when first planted.

  1. Reply

    Hey Paul, great post here. I came across your site while doing some research myself on a couple of these topics. Thanks for sharing.

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