Southwestern landscaping is one of the most popular forms of landscaping designs for its characteristic of having easy and low maintenance. Southwestern landscaping frequently combines elements from Spanish, Mexican and American Indian cultures with a twist of the Old West thrown in. Incorporate vivid colors, native plants and textured materials in your Southwest landscaping plan for a touch of authenticity. When selecting plants for a Southwest landscaping, choose ones that do well with little water like natives that tolerate the surrounding conditions. Succulents, including Parry’s agave work well because they can tolerate drought and grow in dry soil. When selecting trees, go with smaller ones that require less water than mature specimens. But don’t forget colorful, drought-tolerant plants that help brighten a lawn or garden. Then, ample accents and extra elements among the foliage of your Southwestern garden will help to create the ambiance of the Southwest. After the sun dips below the horizon, accent lighting can highlight the unusual plants you included in the space.
Create a path with red, clay pavers to bring the aura of the desert into your yard, and border the path with native plants installed in a bed of sand. After all, the reslut in creating Southwestern landscaping depends on the creativity of the garden owner. One must know how to mix and match the right materials, accessories and plants to make your garden interesting and attractive to the eyes of those who pass by your house.