Blazing orange-red petals edged with gold paint the blossoms on ‘Arizona Sun’ blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora). ‘Arizona Sun’ is a perennial variety of this native wildflower and a 2005 All-America Selections Winner. It opens large, 3-inch blooms from early summer well into fall. With most blanket flowers, you don’t need to remove spent blooms, but doing so does keep the plant from directing energy to seed formation, instead of flowers. 'Arizona Sun' grows 8 to 10 inches tall, forming clumps up to 10 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10.
Blanket flower is super easy to grow and really undemanding when it comes to care. Plants thrive in full sun and grow best in poor soil. If your soil is sandy and fast draining, you should be able to grow gorgeous blanket flower. Heavy soils that don’t drain well are the No. 1 reason blanket flower dies. If that’s the kind of soil you have, try growing blanket flower in containers, berms or raised beds. ‘Arizona Apricot’ unfurls 3- to 3.5-inch blooms from early summer into fall. Plants grow 12 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10.
This modern desert villa is nestled into an Arizona hill, creating a 7,500-square-foot southwestern vacation home. The floor plan is designed to highlight the stunning views with large picturesque windows and comfortable outdoor living areas.
Blanket flower is genetically programmed to bloom. It will literally bloom itself to death, which is why it’s typically called a short-lived perennial. On average, blanket flower lasts about two years. Some varieties and hybrids readily self-sow, so it’s a good idea toward the end of the growing season to let a few flowers form spherical seed heads. You can sprinkle the seeds in the garden. Just be aware that young blanket flowers resemble dandelions, so it’s a good idea to mark the areas where you sprinkle seed. ‘Arizona Red Shades’ (Gaillardia x grandiflora) grows 10 to 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10.
Oversized contemporary lounge chairs surround a beautiful pool with views of the Arizona desert and mountains. Stacked stone walls and terracotta roof tiles are used to create a rustic southwestern home exterior.
A neutral paver driveway leads up to a gorgeous southwestern-inspired home with stucco walls and terracotta roof tiles. Desert landscaping, full of cacti and pebbles, reflects and takes full advantage of the Arizona surroundings.
With breathtaking, expansive views of Arizona's Sonoran Desert and the surrounding McDowell and Mazatzal Mountains, along with Troon Mountain and Pinnacle Peak, this home epitomizes the Arizona lifestyle. The well thought out floor plan of the 7,317-square-foot home accommodates many lifestyle needs and entertaining on any scale. The 1,165-square-foot guest house has two bedrooms, a kitchen and comfortable living areas.
An open floor living room has a seamless transition to the outdoor patio, which features an infinity pool and stunning views of the Arizona desert and mountains. General contractor Emilio LoCascio arranged retractable glass walls which make for an easy flow and comfortable seating both inside and out.
A stacked stone exterior sets a rustic tone for this Arizona desert mountain retreat. The home blends indoors and outdoors seamlessly with large windows and a living area that opens up to the pool. Oversized lounge chairs add a contemporary touch, as well as the perfect spot to relax poolside.
The contemporary swimming pool overlooks the Santa Catalina Mountains. Colorful tiles bring southwestern flair to the steps up to the hot tub, while the sundecks feature submerged red lounge chairs with black-and-white umbrellas.
Water tumbles across a steel structure surrounding the grill and into a basin below, creating a soothing sound for the pool area. The deck is clad in Oklahoma fieldstone, helping the property to blend with its natural desert surroundings.