Small outdoor living spaces can be ultimately beautiful and packed with features like this design by Desert Crest.

Scottsdale Pool Landscaping… Or Patio Design?

In a small backyard like this one, its hard to classify if this is pool landscaping or a patio design. One flows right into the other. But as you can see in this Scottsdale outdoor living space, minimal space can be turned into your own private desert paradise. Everyone should have a place this tranquil at home to escape to.

The raised spa at the far end of the pool is wrapped in a lovely garden planting of rugged desert plants that bloom and give textural interest year around. Adding a rock waterfall really increases the natural beauty of the space and softens the hard lines of the pool and spa’s construction. As always in landscape design, rocks and plants are wonderful partners, each increasing the beauty of the other. Boulders set into the pool’s edge breaks the monotonous continuity of the coping, instantly making it a completely different looking feature.

Without the ground space left to extend the shade from the covered patio roof with a ramada or pergola, the awnings make relaxing outdoors so much more welcoming. More warmth from the sun on cooler days is a snap to let in since the awnings are retractable.

Softening the patio space is done with low growing plants so as not to block the view of the rest of the outdoor living space. This a great choice as cacti require little maintenance. Scattered small pots of annuals add welcome bright notes of color in just the right spots. The homeowner has added some great looking urns that really help to finish of the look of their new patio and pool landscaping, as does the sculptural presence of the iron candelabra against the far wall where it lends ambiance to evenings in the spa.

Phoenix and Scottsdale pool decks and landscaping don’t have to be lavish to be truly sensational. The right landscape design using the perfect plant or feature for the space will always turn an okay looking backyard into a fabulous place, even on a smaller budget.