Asked on Aug 17, 2013

Best thing to plant in S. W. Arizona to create a lush look?

Douglas Hunt


We are moving into a new home this weekend, and are at a loss as to what plants to plant. We plan to use a lot of pavers and just a small bit of grass for our dog. We have talked about using lots of pots and containers and wish to create a lush private and shaded back yard in the middle of a city neighborhood. Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 17, 2013

    Congratulations on your new home! I'm not sure where you're moving from, but the first thing you need to do is to define "lush" in the context of where you will be living. For example, the biggest mistake people in my area make is to try to achieve a tropical look when we live in an area that gets freezes. Here are two good web resources for you to get started. The first is "Landscaping with Style in the Arizona Desert," from the Arizona Department of Water Resources, which offers you step-by-step guidelines for creating a successful and beautiful desert landscape: The second is an online database of plants to populate that landscape, from Arizona Municipal Water Users Association: Good luck. We look forward to seeing photos of what you create.

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