Find out about desert courtyard plants from Arizona landscape architect Pete Curé. Learn how he selects and places plants in a small desert courtyard. Pete uses cacti, desert vines, ground cover and shrubs to dress up the outdoor entry space. He creates a cactus garden area, which includes a cereus peruvianus, a prickly pear and an aloe, to give the space a sculptural look. He uses a bougainvilla to soften up a tall wall in the courtyard. For courtyard color, Pete adds a penstemon, ruellia katie, a blue salvia, a plumbago and a rain lily.
Also, find out the right way to prepare large pots for planting; including installing drip emitters, drainage and soil. Pete uses a tree hibiscus in a pot to “add” more height to the patio area.
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