Outdoor Oasis: Lush Watering Hole in the Desert

Willowy trees, tall cacti and succulents line the edges of this backyard, making the space look incredibly lush, even in the desert. A swimming pool and spa center the lawn and give the owners a way to cool off on especially hot days.

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Photo By: Hoopes Photography

Southwestern Backyard With Fire Pit

A large patio stretches alongside the swimming pool with plenty of room for a dining table and fire pit.

Desert Backyard With Pool and Hot Tub

Eye-pleasing symmetry adds to the impact of this backyard's simple landscape design. The heart of the yard is dedicated to a large pool and infinity-style hot tub.

Backyard Pool With Fountains

To keep things interesting in this backyard pool, there are multiple depth levels and bubbling fountains.

Desert Backyard With Pool

A unique combination of succulents and simple, eco-friendly materials turn this backyard into a desert oasis.

Infinity-style Hot Tub in Desert Backyard

Glass mosaic tiles surrounding this infinity-style hot tub and pool glisten in the desert sun.

Stone Outdoor Shower

Glance quickly and it's easy to miss the sleek outdoor shower housed in this stone wall niche.

Cactus and Rock in Garden

Shape and texture play a big role in the design of this desert garden. Here, cacti are mixed in with other succulents and rocks; a gray wall backdrop highlights their sculptural form.

Cactus in Garden Bed

Cactus are an easy, eco-friendly choice for a desert garden. This one features versions with interesting and unusual shapes.

Glass Mosaic Tile Wall

Glass mosaic tiles in cool tones—blue, gray, black and white—are a glittering border for this backyard's pool.

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