Side-by-side patios invite casual dining and conversation in Tucson. Get 5 great ideas from this yard
– June 23, 2009
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Click ahead to see how airy plants, a free-form floor, a circular firepit, and other details make this Tucson garden the ideal place for entertaining.
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A polyethylene canopy (shadesails.com) soars above the dining table, providing cooling shade during hot months. It's fastened to the house and to steel poles beyond the patio's wall.
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A conversation circle around a gas firepit serves as a cozy retreat on cool evenings. The low wall ringing the firepit is painted yellow to match the dining patio's wall.
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Painted a sunny Provençal yellow, the stucco wall adds warmth and a sense of enclosure to the dining patio. Its far end steps down to an Asian water bowl tucked between the palms.
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San Diego Buff concrete paving flows from the dining area toward the house and the firepit, visually connecting all three spaces. Its sinuous edges make the 23-foot-deep by 60-foot-wide backyard appear larger.
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The delicate foliage of ornamental grasses in the foreground, and grasslike fortnight lilies (Dietes iridioides) between the two palms, doesn't overwhelm the small space.