Design Through the Decades – part 60
As mentioned in an earlier post on 1990s exterior architecture, new home construction was fast and furious in the 1990s, and home lots shrunk in size. That meant there was not much room for landscaping for these Phoenix homes.
It is difficult to get excited about 1990s landscaping when there is only room for one tree and two bushes out front. Homebuilders offered free landscaping packages for front yards. Homeowners had the choice of either a mesquite tree, a ficus tree, or queen palms. For bushes, they got pink oleander, natal plum, yellow lantana, and/or red yucca. Maybe a patch of grass out front, but mostly it was gravel rock with the color choices of tan, tan, or tan. Landscape design was minimalist in the 1990s.
Another Phoenix home with a mesquite tree. There’s a red yucca (aka hesperaloe) to the left of the tree.
Queen palms dominated landscaping designs in the 1990s. Bougainvillea, oleander, and ruella bushes accent this 1996 Phoenix home.
A 1990-built Scottsdale home with queen palms and a rosemary bush in the foreground.
More queen palms and a hibiscus bush out back at this Scottsdale home.
Ficus trees in a back yard of a 1998 Phoenix home.
Mexican fan palms could be used in 1990s landscaping as long as at least one queen palm was also used.
1993 Phoenix home with Mexican fan palms in back. Mesquite trees to the left.
This 1999 Phoenix home decided to buck the trend and not have any trees out front, opting instead for blue agave and dwarf oleander.
A rare Phoenix home with grass out front.
This back yard with minimal landscaping was seen in the majority of 1990s Phoenix back yards.
Homeowners sometimes planted winter rye grass to maintain green lawns year ’round as seen at this 1997 home. The obligatory queen palm is present.
Coming Up: What will landscaping look like at Phoenix homes built in the 2000s?