Color Garden for the Southwest

Use this landscape plan to create a beautiful garden room alive with color throughout the seasons.

Garden Example

Painted Garden Prospect With White Arch and Wood Bench

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Immerse yourself in color! This landscape design plan creates an ever-changing collage of bold, vibrant hues in foliage and flowers throughout the seasons.

Enter this garden of hues through the vine-draped arbor or by way of two other stepping stone walkways that wind past pots of annual color. The bench with a commanding view of the numerous spreading, mounding and cascading blooms is sheltered by a flowering tree. While the overhead canopy provides summer shade, a cluster of shrubs behind the bench provides enclosure. A vine clambers over a tuteur to provide a vertical architectural focal point.

The undulating border and meandering pathways provide easy access to all of the plants and containers of color. Wait until spring to trim back any frosted plants and you will enjoy the wintry textures provided by the branches and remaining stems and seed heads. Allow some of the perennials to reseed to create a full and bountiful garden of color.

Garden Plan

Digital Garden Plan With Numbered and Lettered Markers

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Plant List

A. Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), (1)
B. Lady Banks rose (Rosa bankiae 'Lutea') (2) on arbor
C. Hyacinth bean vine (Dolichos lablab 'Ruby Moon') (1) on tuteur
D. Annuals, selected by gardener, in 3 containers
E. Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) (2), plant 4 feet apart
F. Desert honeysuckle (Anisacanthus thurberii) (2), plant 4 feet apart
G. Bricklebush (Brickelia californica) (2), plant at 3 foot spacing
H. Blue fescue (Festuca ovina glauca) (14), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
I. Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae) (24), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
J. Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae) (9), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
K. Goldsturm black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullvantii 'Goldsturm') (9), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
L. Adagio maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio') (5) plant 2-1/2 feet apart
M. Sunrise coneflower (Echinacea 'Sunrise') (4), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
N. Burgundy blanket flower (Gaillardia 'Burgundy') (8), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
O. Wood's Pink aster (Aster dumosus 'Wood's Pink') (8), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
P. Purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis) (13) plant 1-1/2 feet apart
Q. Curry plant (Helichrysum angustifolium) (15), plant 1 ½ feet apart
R. Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium 'Powis Castle') (4), plant 2-1/2 feet apart


1. Arbor: 4' wide x 2' to 3' deep
2. Tuteur: 2' wide x 6 to 7' high
3. Container: 18 to 22" wide
4. Stepping stones with mulch paths
5. Bench: 4' wide

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