There is a wide range of landscape materials that you can use to enhance either the front or back of your home. You can create a second patio for entertaining using circular pavers or a low-maintenance landscape with native plants. The options for landscaping your outdoor living spaces truly are endless!
Here are just a few of the most popular landscape materials to consider.
Concrete pavers are a classic for landscaping. Produced locally – they’re built for longevity in the desert climate – pavers can be mortared in place or laid into sand. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. Available types include standard, townscape, Holland, Forza, and circle. Wall blocks are designed for building privacy or retaining walls, raised gardens, and fire pits.
Gravel serves many purposes, from solving drainage issues to lending textural appeal, making it one of the most popular landscape materials among today’s homeowners. The most common types of landscaping gravel are crushed stones, pea gravel, and decomposed granite. River rock often falls into this category as well. Gravel is available in a variety of colors. These products work well in most any architectural landscape.
Widely used for pathways and patios, flagstone provides for a natural appearance, which is also incredibly durable. Flagstone is available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and earthy shades (e.g., browns, reds, grays, and blues). Like pavers, flagstone can be mortared in place or set in sand, sod or gravel. Other popular landscape materials include sandstone, slate, and limestone.
In recent years, native plants have become increasingly popular; valued for their ability to thrive on little more than desert soil and rainwater. Additionally, natural, sustainable landscapes provide food and shelter for Arizona’s diverse wildlife. Use the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) website to find the best native plants for your next landscaping project.
If you want a clean, finished look for your landscaping, concrete curbing (also known as edging) is a necessity. Curbing helps define the gardening space by marking it off from the rest of the yard. It also helps maintain a neat appearance by keeping gravel and sand, mulch, and other landscape materials in their individual beds. You can custom design concrete curbing by having it professionally stamped or stained.