Landscaping Ideas For The Arizona Heat


Here in Arizona, we are constantly dealing with the heat. This can often limit the ideas that we can realistically have when it comes to what we can do with the landscape around the house. Half of the plants that may be commonly sold and planted in other climates simply don’t work in the desert area that we call home. Here are some ideas that you can do on your own that will help the landscape around your home look beautiful.

Plant More Trees

Trees not only look great but they can add elements to your front yard that you might not have thought about. One of the things that it adds is shade to your front yard. This will keep your house cool during the day because it won’t have the sun completely beating down on it. Another thing that it can help with is the wind that roams across our flat terrain. Adding trees and shrubs can help by blocking the wind from directly beating against the house itself. This is why when we do our 3-D rendering, we will often include one or two trees. 

Add Water Features

Whether you want a pool to swim in or a simple pond to add to the yard, both can look like your own personal oasis in the middle of the desert. Water can not only give you a sense of calm but can also cool down the area surrounding it when there is a nice breeze.

Shrub It Up

Shrubs are great for adding a bit of privacy to your yard without making it feel like you are keeping people out. Their natural look provides the perfect addition to your yard for shade, wind protection, and privacy. Shrubs can be as big or small as you want and they are relatively low maintenance in comparison to many other features.

You Can Never Have Too Much Shade

We often recommend that you have a nice place to enjoy your front or backyard. This means a nice place to sit underneath some shade from a wooden feature or a few trees. While you don’t need it specifically, you will enjoy it on those nice warm Arizona days where you want to be outside, but don’t want to be in the heat.


If you want to have a really low maintenance idea that looks good but blends in with the natural landscape around your house, then look no further. Xeriscaping uses rocks, cacti, and plants that naturally survive in the desert to allow your landscape to look absolutely breathtaking without using water at all. It is a great way to conserve your water, money, and time while still maintaining a yard that your neighbors will be jealous of.

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If any of these things caught your eye then it sounds like you are ready for an upgrade. If you are ready to learn more about the possibilities for your yard or patio in Phoenix, contact Mountainscapers! We offer landscaping design and installation and can install water features, fire features, shade structures, and softscaping elements.

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