Southwestern garden escape

This Albuquerque backyard is a vacation in itself –– complete with road trips. See 5 things that make it work

Design

Steven A. Gunther

Designed for discovery

Meandering paths, dry creek beds, and shared materials connect low-water planting areas, a shady patio, and grass-filled "traffic" circle.

Design: Amy J. Steidlmayer, Red Twig Studio, Albuquerque (505/265-0082)

Vista point

Steven A. Gunther

Vista point

The arbor-shaded patio with banco seating invites guests to the garden’s far reaches. The fireplace is faced with the same cultured stone as the circular planter, visually connecting the two areas.

Traffic island

Steven A. Gunther

Traffic island

A large round planter, filled with 'Hameln' fountain grass, encourages a circular traffic pattern. It’s built of cement blocks and faced with cultured stone.

Bridges

Steven A. Gunther

Bridges

Small wooden bridges span the path. In summer, the dry creekbed is a river of gold, thanks to the generous daisylike blooms of Perky Sue (Hymenoxys scaposa).

Roadside attractions

Steven A. Gunther

Roadside attractions

Carefully chosen plants prompt frequent stops along the route during every season. These include tawny grasses; yellow-flowered Perky Sue, potentilla, and turpentine bush; and blue-flowered Caryopteris.

Rambling road

Steven A. Gunther

Rambling road

The desert rose color of the fine gravel makes the path stand out from the coarser gray gravel mulch around it, inviting you to follow its lazy course.

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