How to create your ultimate outdoor space

So, you’ve purchased your dream home and your patio is a blank slate, full of potential for things like entertaining, relaxing, gardening and stargazing. But where to start?

Start with a plan

First, prioritize how you want to use the space and how much you want to spend creating it. It also may be helpful to think of this project in terms of stages over time. Then, map out the space and its orientation to the sun. This will help you determine placement of plants, furniture, fountains and features like BBQ islands or outdoor kitchens.

Determine your style

Think about “the mood” you want to create. You can get amazing ideas on Pinterest from formal to zen, to artist’s gardens and everything in between. This step, for example, helps guide your purchase decisions on items such as furniture, pots, pavers and water features to create your desired look and feel.

Go native

Gladden Farms is in growing zone 9a based on minimum average temperatures. The plants that thrive here are drought resistant, sun loving and can survive occasional winter cold snaps. The variety of plants that do well here is astounding. Visit places like the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tohono Chul, the Tucson Botanical Garden, local resorts and nurseries for year-round inspiration.

Enjoy the extra square footage!

Your patio is an extension of your home’s architecture and an expression of your creativity. Best of all, it comes complete with cool breezes, scarlet sunsets and starry nights.

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