5 dramatic desert landscaping ideas

Elegantly tough materials complement the site's rugged beauty

Purple Mountain Majesty

Steven Gunther

Purple Mountain Majesty

Near the pool, a quirky purple wall with a rebar headdress houses an outdoor shower on the side facing Camelback Mountain.  

 

Tilted Perspective

Steven Gunther

Tilted Perspective

Tilted walls add interest to a cool side yard. The dark wall visible beyond the tree trunk the dog run.  

 

Red Rocks

Steven Gunther

Red Rocks

Color is one reason this landscape looks so at home in its setting. The reddish hue of the decomposed granite near this fountain reflects the rosy tones in the surrounding mountains. The fountain also helps direct visitors to the house's entry.  

Dining Outdoors

Steven Gunther

Dining Outdoors

For this project, landscape architect Steve Martino tried something new ― aluminum flashing. He wove it through rebar uprights like a ribbon, creating a glamorous shimmering privacy wall near the outdoor dining area.  

 

 

In the Amphitheater

Steven Gunther

In the Amphitheater

The wall colors encircling the garden's amphitheater also were inspired by the site. Architect John Douglas walked the wash, selected stones in various colors, then had a paint store scan them to duplicate the shades. Landscape architect Steve Martino used rugged rebar and concrete in the firepit. 

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