Nancy Erdmann, Author at Trademark Landscape, Inc.
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When temperatures heat up there’s no better way to cool off than a dip in the swimming pool. With so many options available, there’s a design for every size yard and style of garden. Add in a suitable plant palette to complement your pool and your landscape will be the center of attention no matter what time of year. So jump in and let the fun begin! This resortlike waterscape has it all, with a raised lap pool to the left, a play pool with a sun shelf to the right and a spa that's big enough to hold more than...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this couldn't be more true than for cacti and succulents, considered to be some of the most unusual plants in the world. Quirky by nature, they are revered for their strange shapes, funky textures, extraordinary flowers and unusual colorations. Add to it that they can withstand some of the harshest conditions and store water like camels, we believe they are worth a closer look. Although we might not have names for all of them, we think their distinctive beauty is worth showing off. Here are some of our favorites. Euphorbia obesa is...

While garden gates are often used to provide security or privacy in the landscape, they also serve as welcoming entry points and decorative elements that bring personality to your yard. With so many options available, it makes sense to do your homework, research the internet for ideas and decide which materials work best for your climate before making a purchase. Here are some of Trademark Landscape's favorite designs. With its rustic, Southwest appeal, these painted wood gates with wrought-iron insets are the perfect fit for this Santa Fe-style garden. Set between stucco walls and accented with an overhead beam, the...

If you’ve lived in Arizona for any amount of time, you’re probably familiar with the damage javelinas can do to your yard. One day your garden is thriving with color and greenery, the next day it looks like some animal came in and destroyed your favorite plants. More than likely it was a ravenous javelina getting its fill. These herbivores, known as collared peccaries, do most of their foraging at night and early mornings, feasting on bulbs, grass, seeds, roots, fruit and cacti (they especially love prickly pear and any flowering cacti). “Javelina have poor eyesight, but they have a...

These fanciful works of horticultural art have been around for centuries. Some of the best can be found in national parks, botanical and sculptural gardens and even Disneyland. We thought it would be fun to round up images of our favorite animal topiaries (including the iguana above), along with some fun facts to share and hopefully bring a smile to your face. First grown outdoors by the Romans, topiary is the art of training perennial plants into three-dimensional ornamental objects. Pruned topiaries are essentially herbaceous plants or shrubs that are pruned and trained into geometric or whimsical shapes. English ivy, creeping...

Introducing art into the landscape is a great way to add interest, dimension and focus, especially during the months when plants are dormant or the blooms have faded. It's also an easy low-maintenance option for bringing color and personality into the garden. Here are some of Trademark Landscape's favorites. A basin holding the vibrant blooms from a bougainvillea vine draws the eye toward a massing of metal urns that serve as a single work of outdoor art. Phoenix artist Jeff Zischke has created a gallery of art in his front yard, most notably this stickman figure. Rising from the depths of the...

Pulling from the bluish-green hue in the leafy vegetation and stone topdressing, this textured pot makes a perfect match with a rosette-shaped succulent. These mini ceramic containers with their Nordic patterns make a good choice for succulents that don't have a lot of color or texture, as the plants don't compete with the pots. The shape of the coiled pot mimics the silhouette of this multi-layered succulent, creating visual congruity between the two. Blue-on-blue and busy with sleek make this planting combination a winner. An antique dough bowl filled with succulents and flowering cacti is topped with white sand, creating an earthy, organic...

You might not live in a climate that allows you to grow cacti and succulents, but that doesn't mean you can't bring these iconic Southwest beauties into your home. Trademark Landscape searched for some fun cactus decor that just might bring some desert flavor into your life. CACTUS BATHROOMThese handmade accessories from Feliss Art & Design feature original art with a minimalist look. Bathroom accessories include a shower curtain, hand towel, bath towel and a foam bath mat. Each item is made to order. Check it out on Etsy at https://tinyurl.com/tfg7xxb. ART TAPESTRYMade from hand-washable polyester fiber and printed with a dynamic...

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. Not sure what to buy that special gardener in your life? Check out Trademark Landscape's top seven gift ideas and get your season off to a festive start! CALENDAR ARTKeep track of your days and all the major holidays while enjoying the vibrant work of Tucson artist Regina Lord of Creative Kismet. Her 2020 Wall Calendar features colorful illustrations of whimsical birds, flowers and other pretty imagery on the top half and a calendar grid below. Available in limited quantities. ($20) Creative Kismet HUMMINGBIRD BEAUTYEye-catching hanging on a tree or nestled inside...

If you want to create a standout landscape, nothing beats a showstopping plant. It adds drama, presence and vitality, and sometimes all it takes is a single specimen to make a difference. Trademark Landscape loves to incorporate vibrant visual beauty in its gardens. Here are some plants to consider.Photography by Nancy Erdmann PINK MUHLY GRASS(Muhlenbergia capillaris ‘Regal Mist’)This fall-blooming ornamental grass produces beautiful dusky-pink plumes that glow when backlit by the sun. Native to the Southwest, it is drought-tolerant and makes an excellent choice for growing en mass. Plant in full sun or part shade and cut to the ground in...

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