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.
A little of everything at this 2004 home.
Another 2004 Phoenix home.
Mixing cacti with flowering shrubs was a popular landscaping design plan.
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.
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.
Many homeowners in the 2000s wanted a small patch of grass in the front.
Out back, a simple grass lawn with minimal landscaping in the planters was common in the 2000s.
Another home with grass and a few trees in back.
Popular landscaping trees in Phoenix in the 2000s were palo verde, mesquite, ficus nitida, ash, and Chinese elm. Other trees found in landscaping projects were lysiloma (aka fern of the desert), mimosa, sissoo, tipu, acacia 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.