Best Patio Pergola in Phoenix & Scottsdale

As many Phoenix and Scottsdale homeowners learned first hand just a few weeks ago – a vinyl patio pergola isn’t a wise investment. While we don’t often experience temperatures that extreme, obviously it can happen, and when it does, vinyl melts. It also gets brittle with age, especially baking in that desert sun for a few years. So, while it
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Hot Phoenix Fire Pit Trends 2017

Gas-burning fire pits are awesome Phoenix backyard attractions. Instant flames, no irritating smoke, soot, or ashes… ambience on demand. But no matter how unique or beautiful the stonework or vessel, the burning pit fill is well, boring. Lava rock. You can have any color you want, as long as it’s red or black. At least until recently. Now, you’ve got
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Pink Blooming Phoenix Landscaping Plants

Here’s 3 great Phoenix landscaping plants that add perennial color to your yard. They are all easy to grow in our climate, and sure to be a hit with fans of pink hues.   Tall, willowy bloom stems strewn with elongated trumpet florets, Beardtongue is familiar to many who pay attention to Phoenix landscaping plants. There are several families of
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Winter, Micro Climates & Phoenix Landscaping

You’ll find tons of variety available in Phoenix landscaping plants, but not all of them are hardy if it gets too cold. Never use weather averages to determine if you’ve found a winter hardy plant that will look great through all seasons here in the valley. Why? Because ‘averages’ don’t take real possibilities into account. Nor do they cover the oddities
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About Phoenix Putting Greens

One of the hottest new additions to outdoor living spaces in Scottsdale and Phoenix – putting greens. Not surprising, given that a grassy area increases the beauty of your landscaping. But a putting green offers more benefits than visually cooling off your yard with the addition of that grounding green expanse we lack in a water-wise desert landscape design. Here
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Identifying Scottsdale Landscaping Plants

If you don’t know much about plants that thrive here in the Valley, it can be easy to get confused over how to properly care for the different things in your Phoenix or Scottsdale landscaping.  Trees, and shrubs are a lot more straightforward than cacti and succulents. They are instantly identified by their woody trunks and stems, but when you aren’t so sure what
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Fall Color in Phoenix Landscape Design

Fall is always a great time to plant as the weather turns cooler, but it’s also when summer bloomers fizzle out leaving many a Valley yard a bit devoid of good color. Getting great flowering action year around calls for some good Phoenix landscape design planning. Details can be bothersome, but if you choreograph your plant layout right, you can
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Red-Blooming Phoenix Landscaping Plants

The flower color folks have reinvented the color wheel to suit purposes we can only guess at. Some of them think that pink is red, which is interesting… have you ever seen a pink firetruck? No one calls a pink tomato ‘red’. If you order a red sweater, you’ll get a red sweater, but not so with a perennial or
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Top 4 Phoenix Landscaping Perennials

Getting the most bloom power possible from the plants in the yard is what most people look for. Finding the right perennials can be frustrating if you’re not an avid gardener. A lot of plants produce beautiful flowers, but in your Phoenix landscaping, you want a hardworking bloomer. Like any other climate, there are some perennials that deliver extended spells
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High Color for Phoenix Landscaping in April

What’s blooming in the Valley in April? Some sensational low-maintenance cacti that will be right at home in your Phoenix landscaping. Perfect for water conservation, cactus flowers rival roses in beauty. You’ve got a range of sizes to pick from, as well as variety in flower color, texture, and overall plant color too. Argentine Cactus Technically known as Echinopsis candicans, and sometimes
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5 Phoenix Shade Roof Design Tips

There are only two types of shade roofs, no matter when it sits on your property or what style you select; solid, and trellised or slatted. These are broad categories, but it is this that determines the kind of shade possible in your outdoor living space. Scottsdale and Phoenix landscaping clients tend to select a trellised roof shade structure for
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Coral: Phoenix Landscape Design Colors

As with any climate, there are many lovely plants and blooms you can use in landscaping here in the Valley. But if you get really picky about the colors, you can come up with a really gorgeous Phoenix landscape design. Stick to two main colors, and a highlight, such as yellow or white. Focus on concentrating these colors intermittently everywhere.
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Top 5 Yellow Flowering Plants

Having constant color in Scottsdale and Phoenix landscaping is something every homeowner wishes for. That’s a tall order to fill for any living plant, because they need regeneration periods, and some only flower once a year. But there are a handful of stars that will give you more blooming than others without having to rely on annuals to give you
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4 Important Patio Design Tips

A new patio is exciting, but don’t lose sight of the fact that this is a permanent part of your landscaping – one that is interwoven with your daily life at home. Make an error in the dimensions or placement, and your outdoor living space will drive you crazy. While everyone would love a huge patio, for most of use,
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Top 6 Blue Flowering Plants

Most people are drawn to blue flowers, so it’s not surprising they’re really popular Phoenix landscaping plants. Anything that produces blue to blue-purple blooms is usually the first thing to sell out in a nursery, because the majority of plants bloom in any color but blue. While the ‘true blue’ flower is a rare thing to see, these are really
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The Xeriscaping Fallacy

Sounds pretty ominous. Has someone discovered that xeriscaping is a lie? No, but many people have discovered that you can’t have beautiful landscaping without some watering – even in Arizona. Numerous others may just not realize it yet. Yes, there are plants that live in the open desert without any more water than nature provides. But… there’s a distinct difference
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5 Tips on Built In BBQ Design

There are three things that every homeowner looks for in built in BBQ design; Phoenix, Chicago, Baltimore, or Vancouver… where you’re from doesn’t matter. The first thing you look for are the aesthetics, the required appeal to your sense of style must be met. Next comes the features, because there’s a lot more to barbecuing than these days. Grill assets can
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6 Reasons A Travertine Pool Deck Is Best

Unlike in the past, homeowners everywhere have a lot of options when it comes to choosing their pool deck will look. This does make reaching a decision somewhat difficult. You need to consider not just color, pattern, and texture, but also how well the pool deck’s surface will wear. We’ve worked with every type of material that can be used
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Top 5 Trees for Landscaping – Phoenix & Scottsdale

While numerous types of trees that live in the Valley climate, they aren’t all the best trees for beautiful landscaping. Phoenix and Scottsdale homeowners want a tree for all seasons that is low maintenance, great looking, provides both shade and interest, grows fast, as well as being tough as nails. That’s a pretty tall order to fill. Not does such
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Top 5 Phoenix Landscape Design Elements

There are a lot of things that a fully landscaped yard in Phoenix can contain. The plants are really the finishing touch, the frosting on the cake. You have public areas, service areas, and private areas in a Phoenix landscape design, and each space has elements that serve a purpose we expect or need from the different areas. Some landscape
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