Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 2000s Landscaping

December 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Design Through the Decades - part 61

Landscaping of Phoenix homes in the 2000s changed in two major ways.  First, the big trees of the 1950s through the 1980s and the limited landscaping choices from homebuilders in the 1990s were changed to a broader variety of smaller plants.  Almost like micro-landscaping.  Second, homeowners had busy schedules in the 2000s and placed less priority toward weekend yard work.  Keep the yard maintenance to a minimum but make it look nice and pretty was the mantra of the 2000s.

Here’s a typical landscape design from a 2007 Phoenix home.  Note the variety of plants and colors.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A little of everything at this 2004 home.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another 2004 Phoenix home.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mixing cacti with flowering shrubs was a popular landscaping design plan.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Cacti and desert plants could be used to create personality in landscapes as seen at this 2004 home.  Homeowners’ Associations began to loosen their strict landscaping policies, which allowed homeowners to add plants to their yards.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Boulders could be added to yards for a dramatic effect.  Here we see desert spoon, sage, and ruellia plants.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tecoma orange jubilee (tall bush along house) and the purple flowers of Texas sage accent this 2004 Phoenix home.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Gravel was pink in the 1980s and tan in the 1990s.  By the 2000s, homeowners had their choice of gravel color and the trend was toward darker colors.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Many homeowners in the 2000s wanted a small patch of grass in the front.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Out back, a simple grass lawn with minimal landscaping in the planters was common in the 2000s.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another home with grass and a few trees in back.
2000s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Popular landscaping trees in Phoenix in the 2000s were palo verde, mesquite, ficus nitidaash, and Chinese elm.  Other trees found in landscaping projects were lysiloma (aka fern of the desert), mimosa, sissoo, tipuacacia anuera (aka mulga), acacia saligna, and Texas ebony.

Popular landscaping shrubs in Phoenix in the 2000s were Arizona yellow bells, Tecoma “orange jubilee“, bougainvillea “torch glow“, cassia, red yucca (aka hesperaloe), lantana, verbena, and penstemon.  Other shrubs found in landscaping projects were deer grass, elephant’s food, and red fairy duster.

Tags: Landscaping · Design Through the Decades · 2000s

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  • 1 Greeney // Mar 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Such beautiful homes…

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