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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...

If you want more color in your landscape but don’t want to bother with flowering perennials, potted containers are by far the easiest way to bring life to the garden. For added impact, try combining a variety of plants, colors and textures in each pot. For inspiration, here are five vibrant garden planters created by Trademark Landscape. Photography by Nancy Erdmann FLIRTING WITH FLOWERSSet atop a pillar, this wide-mouthed container is filled to the brim with (left to right): pink verbena, blue lobelia, ivy, miniature petunias, alyssum and purple angel flower. “The trick here is to balance your flower shapes so that...

Using the right garden tools can mean the difference between getting the work done with ease or ending the day with tired arms, blistered fingers and an aching back. Trademark Landscape recommends having these basics on hand to make tending the garden a joy rather than a chore. Gloves — Aside from protecting your hands and nails from dirt and thorns, they also protect your skin from allergic reactions to plants and fertilizers. For light work, try nitrile-coated gloves. The palms and fingers are covered with a tough but thin flexible material that withstands punctures yet offers an amazing amount of...

We’ve all seen it before, a garden with a mass of plants but nothing that stands out. Then there are those you never forget. More often than not, these landscapes include at least one statement plant that serves as a dramatic focal point. In the Southwest, specimen-size cacti and succulents make excellent focal points. Hardy and drought-tolerant, they can change the look of your yard in an instant. Here are some award-winning examples by Trademark Landscape. DESERT DIVAThis majestic blue cardon cactus, with its multiple arms and bluish hue, defines a front yard entryway. Surrounded by clusters of plants, including Moroccan mound, a saguaro spear, golden barrels and...

If gardening is not your forte or flowers aren’t an option to brighten up your yard, consider painting a wall to bring some unexpected color into your landscape. Just make sure to use good quality masonry paint that’s meant to withstand the elements. Trademark Landscape offers five ideas to bring you inspiration. BE CONSISTENTFollow through with your color choice. Doing so not only ties the look together and creates good flow, but also adds depth to a setting. At this Southwest home, a deep terra-cotta paint applied to a patio wall was duplicated on a second wall visible through the...

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