Gilbert backyard landscape design is about so much more than plants, rock, grass, concrete pavers, etc. It is about creating an environment for outdoor living. It is about creating an experience! Mother Nature has already given us quite a jump start in the Valley of the Sun for beautiful landscape design with our beautiful weather. If you are looking to enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer, consider a Gilbert backyard landscape design that can attract wildlife! Here are a few key elements for captivating birds, butterflies and hummingbirds into your outdoor living space:
Food. Wildlife need varying food sources including pollen, foliage and berries. It is important to choose plants with staggered blooming and fruiting throughout the year to ensure year-round sustenance.
Habitat. Ensure your Gilbert backyard landscape design provides space for wildlife to seek cover and protection from weather and predation. There should also be space for the wildlife to nest and birth.
Water. Add a water feature like a small pond or birdbath into your design to provide moisture over the summer months.
When it comes to choosing the right desert plants for your Gilbert backyard landscape design, remember to look for plants that either provide food or habitat for wildlife. Here are some great options to get started:
An ornamental grass. Very fine-textured, almost fernlike. Arches from branches, upright stems. Resembles a small, very finely textured bamboo. Slow growing. Reaches a height of 4 to 6 feet and a width of 6 to 8 feet. Takes on a pinkish cast when in bloom. Requires full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 10°F. Great as a screening plant or a background accent. Great around pools.
A groundcover with long blooming tiny white blooms (with purple centers) from April to November. Can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Reaches a height of 6 to 12 inches and a width of 10 feet. Average water needs.
A perennial wildflower. Produces pale pink flowers that resemble butterflies from late spring to early fall. Also referred to as “whirling butterflies”. Fast growing. Reaches a height of 1 to 2 feet and a width of 1 to 2 feet. Does best in sun with afternoon shade. Although it requires little water, it is best to water deeply and infrequently. Needs well drained soil. Produces little litter and does not have any thorns. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 10°F. Perfect poolside or in a wildflower garden.
Cherry Red Sage
Produces deep scarlet spikes throughout spring, summer and fall. Reaches a height of about 18 to 24 inches and a width of 1 1/2 feet. Requires full sun. Average water needs. Drought resistant.
Gilbert Backyard Landscape Design
Are you considering upgrading your outdoor living space? Whether you are staring with a blank canvass or simply looking to update your space, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help deliver your landscape vision! Simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-626-4220 to get started with an initial landscape design consultation!
AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that specializes in landscaping in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and Queen Creek. We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, San Tan Valley, Phoenix, Tempe, and Ahwatukee.