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Playing With Plants: An unusual mix of succulents adds a burst of color to a patio garden. When designing a garden, going for the unexpected can be a provocative way to introduce some style to your landscape. For this backyard setting, Phoenix landscape designer Peggy De La Garza wanted to bring in color and soften the hardscape with greenery. But rather than go with the typical annuals and perennials, she chose to use multicolored kalanchoes and other compact succulents instead. For year-round foliage, she planted Moroccan mound for its tightly packed stems and artichoke agave, a rosette-shaped succulent, in two narrow garden beds....

Vibrant Color and A Rich Plant Palette Highlight A Patio's Entryway: Sometimes it’s the smallest of planting spaces that provides the biggest opportunities to make a major impact. Such was the case at a Tuscan-style house in North Scottsdale where outdoor living spaces reign. For Lita and Paul Luvera, who reside in Seattle most of the year, a visit to their Arizona home is all about slowing down and enjoying the sunny climate. When the couple first purchased their house, they brought in Peggy De La Garza, a Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner, to fill in...

Peggy De La Garza’s Landscape Designs Celebrate the Sonoran Desert’s Most Mesmerizing Attribute- Astounding Plant Diversity: Yet, she never hesitates to transition adapted exotic species into the mix to achieve her ultimate goal—colorful, functional landscapes personalized to each client’s vision. A student of residential landscape design for 38 years, her strong work ethic, creative spirit, fearless designs and persistent drive are characteristics that have earned her high praise. Many times after viewing a property, Peggy will have the design completed in her head before she even makes it back to the office. Clients refer to her as “an artist.” Indeed, she paints...

A Rocky Setting is Re Imagined as a Luch, Multi-Level Paradise: When Dan and Julie Rohr bought their home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, it had been vacant for more than five years and needed a major overhaul inside and out. “What little landscaping that existed hadn’t been maintained, but we felt that the site held a lot of potential,” states Dan. The couple spent the next two years simultaneously renovating the house and yard, working closely with landscape designer Peggy De La Garza and architect Craig Wickersham. De La Garza, of Trademark Landscape Inc., recalls her impression upon viewing the property:...

Spectacular Plant Compositions are the Star Attraction in a Desert Garden: While living in New York City, Joanie and Richard Zecher enjoyed gardening on their terrace. They filled the space with seasonal color and also grew a lone tree in a pot. “After moving to Arizona, we went a little overboard with tree planting,” jokes Richard. When they moved into their Desert Highlands home in north Scottsdale, it was minimally landscaped and its few trees were not sited properly. “Deciduous mesquite trees had been planted in areas that needed evergreens to provide shade or privacy screening,” Richard explains. The couple asked...

A Revamped Landscape Becomes an Inviting Getaway for a Busy Couple from the Pacific Northwest: When Seattle trial lawyers Lita and Paul Luvera need a timeout, they hop on a plane and head south. For the past 14 years, the pair has made Arizona their part-time home. In complete contrast to the chillier, cloudier, wetter environment they are used to, the Sonoran Desert’s dry, sunny climate helps them slow down and enjoy another side of life. “We have birds in abundance, including hummingbirds, finches, quail and two glorious red cardinals that we named, as they have returned year after year,” says...

A Renovated Desert Property Offers Regional Elements and Panoramic Views: If a picture is worth a thousand words, John Samatas only needs one word to sum up the reason he decided to purchase this 9-acre north Scottsdale parcel: Views. “The lot I bought will have unobstructed views forever,” he says of the land’s 360-degree vistas of the Phoenix area, Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountains. Samatas built a house there in the late ’90s to reflect his Western leanings but left the landscape largely untouched. “The backyard was basically an extension of the desert, with stones and cactus,” he recalls. Ten years...

Age for a Unified Landscape that Merges Plants with Outdoor Living Areas: Landscapes in Phoenix can offer many things, from resortlike pools to ammenity-rich alfresco spaces. But not many properties offer virtually unrestricted views of Camelback Mountain. So, when landscape designers Larry and Peggy De La Garza first saw this lot, it got their creative juices flowing. The De La Garzas started working on the project eight years ago, when the property was purchased by homeowners who wanted a transitional desert garden that accentuated the mountain views. Accomplishing these goals was a multistep process that involved blending softscape and hardscape designs to...