breakfast patio, cactus, southwest, view

Norm Plate

Many of these patios face breathtaking views. In this Tucson garden, native plants such as agaves, barrel cactus, and saguaros bring the desert’s natural vegetation right up to the patio, expanding and framing the views. Because the patio faces south, it is warmed slowly as the sun rises through the mesquites and acacias that border the property. “In summer it’s a great place to be before the day gets too hot,” says landscape architect Rebecca Doxtater.
Design: Rebecca Doxtater Landscape Architect, Tucson (520/886-8662)

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