any ideas for this yard?
When we first moved in to our house in central AZ over ten years ago, I got excited about having a house and promptly planted three trees next to each other in the back yard. It's on the west side of the house and we really needed some shade to protect the house from the AZ summer sun. I don't think I had a plan when I planted them, just some vague idea about having trees with some color, and now they just look awkward (although they do shade the west side of the house)
From left to right, they are an Acacia (I think, it has yellow puffballs in the summer), a Cape Honeysuckle and a White Bark Acacia. There's also a shoestring Acacia on the other side of the chain link fence behind the willow.
The chain link is not our property line - that is about 9 feet further west and I've planted a row of Desert Hopbush along the property line to act as a screen. Ideally, they will grow to about 10 feet tall and block our view of the neighbors.
As you can see, the area has a well-traveled dog lane down the middle and this is where they do most of their "business." At some point in the future, we will put down gravel but first we have to remove the old 500 gallon water tank that is buried in the north part of the yard (looks kind of like a submarine and is a huge liability).
There are also some Brittlebush (encelia farinosa) and bursage volunteers on the north side that I'd like to leave where they are. A large saguaro is to the north of the group so I need to make sure it doesn't get too much water from anything I put near it.
Does anyone have ideas for some additional plantings I can add that will help make the trees look like they are part of a plan? or at least make them look less odd? I'd rather not tear them out as they are in great shape and do provide much-needed shade.
I should mention mention that there is a creosote growing up next to the Cape Honesuckle and a young palo verde on the other side of the fence from it. I am not as attached to these and can tear them out if need be.
In the future - which could be long after I'm gone - I envision removing the chain link and enclosing the yard with a nicer fence that goes to the property line, so I am trying to plant such that the "vision" of the yard extends beyond the fence, even if you can't walk beyond the fence - does that make sense?
Finally, obviously I'm trying to stay as water conscious as possible (altho the honeysuckle does require more than the others) as we're in the desert and our house is on a well.
There! I hope I have made this a challenging as possible! I truly appreciate any ideas, comments or criticisms!
Here is a link that might be useful: photos of my west yard