Earlier this week, I was finishing up an appointment in downtown Phoenix and since I had some spare time available, I decided to drive through one of my favorite historic neighborhoods – the Encanto-Palmcroft district. Some, remain the traditional landscaping with green lawns, neatly pruned shrubs and deciduous trees, like the one above. I liked this one where two rectangles of grass flanked the front entry, yet stops at the wooden fence where it transitions to a xeriscape.
Mature specimens of ironwood (Olneya tesota), jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), and creosote (Larrea tridentata) create privacy for this house.
As I left the historic district, I spotted a beautiful specimen of a palo blanco tree (Acacia willardiana). *You can view another garden in this historic district from an earlier post, A Hidden Jewel In the Middle of Phoenix.
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate.