Outdoor Oasis 4

Custom ideas to beautify your outdoor space and get your home ready for entertaining

Whether it’s a tranquil reflective pool, a fire feature ideal for entertaining or an edible menagerie, an exceptional outdoor space begins with quality and strong craftsmanship.

Desert Foothills Landscape focuses on creating living art forms on properties around the Valley.

“We own private nurseries where we grow our plants, so everything is mature. We provide clients with that immediate ‘wow’ factor,” says Marketing Director John Drew. 

Sonoran Water Gardens thrives on providing distinction to any outdoor oasis.

“I try to educate clients about the importance of design first and foremost,” says owner Cody Howard. 

Fire features make great use of livable space. Desert Foothills can add pathways and small seating areas as well as botanicals to make for a resort-like feel. The blend of water and fire also adds a special touch.

“With one extreme fire/water feature, we secured gas lines inside the feature so the fire dances off the water’s edge when it’s ignited,” Drew says. 

Desert Foothills Landscape places emphasis on the value of low-voltage lighting so the yard looks completely different at night, as certain elements should be highlighted at different times of day.

Putting greens make for a great gathering place for family time and help guests engage in an activity. It is a perfect way to wind down after a long day at work and practice your short game from the comfort of home. To help with flow around the green, Desert Foothills takes many factors into consideration. 

“We’re in tune with technology and smart home design and have the ability to control all fire, water and lighting features from your iPad,” Drew says. “You always want to complement the interior designer and architect’s design of the home. If the home has a modern look, then we will change our design style with linear structured design elements. When a home has a mountainous backdrop, our design will showcase the whimsical southwestern look.”

A unique backyard created by Sonoran Water Gardens was the brainchild of a true ecologist.

“This client wanted his yard to be a place where visitors could take fresh foods home or enjoy them while they dined outdoors,” Cody says. “We incorporated this edible paradise in a way that it didn’t seem like a typical garden. The planters are built out of steel, and the pool area is planked by heirloom tomatoes on the vine.”

Lush gardens that adorn the outskirts of the pool are thriving, and neighbors often bring a basket to collect organic herbs and produce. Guests can also enjoy the sparkling pool and indoor/outdoor flow while taking in the fragrant and palatable surroundings.

DFLAZ.com, SonoranWaterGardens.com