This Bay Park landscape design incorporated a clean and contemporary aesthetic that tied into the home’s recent interior remodel and included a Zen-like desert garden populated with plants native to the southwest.

A specific focus of the homeowner was for the rectangular backyard outdoor space to be a low maintenance area for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying views of Tecolote Canyon and beyond to Cowles Mountain.

The minimalist outdoor area is expressed in an uncomplicated layout using clean horizontal lines to create a unifying linearity throughout the varied sections. A 420-square foot Ipe wood deck, low retaining wall, Ipe wood bench seating and acid-washed concrete are layered into clean hardscape textures.  To the left, an existing covered area accommodates sectional seating and a BBQ grill.  During warm weather, with French doors open, the design expands the home's livable area and invites the family outside.

A large retaining planter forms an integral part of the design and houses a palette of Big Bend Yucca, Mexican Fencepost, Barrel Cactus, Blue Dwarf Chalk Stick and Blue Glow Agaves, which require minimal water and maintenance.  The ‘Zen desert’ ambience is accentuated with night time lighting and thoughtful placement of three accent rocks.

Adding serious curb appeal, front yard hardscaping incorporates a mix of Ipe wood topped stucco and board-formed concrete walls that frame the driveway to create a privacy screen along the front of the property.  Raised planters showcase Pink Powder Puff, Jasmine, Cordyline and Lime Turf that create both a feeling of serenity for the homeowners and provide a “green view” from the master bedroom.

Blue Glow Agave, Mexican Feather Grass, Spanish Lavender and Blue Flame Agaves were planted street-side to soften the hardscape with natural textures, shapes and colors. A low-water in-line drip irrigation system was used throughout and adjusted according to planting requirements.

See more photos of this property in Portfolio - Zen Succulent Garden Design.