Landscape Design Elements that Are Functional All Year Long

Some landscape design elements are clearly seasonal: the swimming pool gets plenty of use in the summer, but in the colder months, it’s all about the fire pit. However, some landscape design elements are functional no matter the season—even in Phoenix. These elements can help you get the most out of your yard no matter the temperature or weather.


A pergola or ramada offers a covered area for you and your guests to enjoy. Whether you use it for dining, playing games, or just a place to sit and chat, it creates a cozy environment that can be enjoyed all year long. In the hot Phoenix summer, add misters to cool the area, and enjoy the shade the structure provides. In the colder months, use it as a place to sit and enjoy the cool weather while being somewhat protected from the elements. 

Flower beds.

One of the great things about living in Phoenix is the year-round sunshine. While it can be unbearable in the summer months, no one can deny that it can contribute to a flower garden paradise. As long as you plant season-appropriate flowers, your flower beds can be a source of beauty and color in your yard all year long.

Water features.

Some water features (like a pool) are seasonal. Others, however, are not. A hot tub can be a great addition to your pool that allows you to enjoy it year round. Fountains or waterfalls also create ambience in your yard, no matter the season.

Pavers/paved walkways.

Adding pavers to your yard, whether through the grass or through rocks, is not only a visual upgrade—it’s also a functional one. These walkways allow you to walk comfortably and safely through your yard, and they’re useful all year long. 

Artificial grass.

Artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular over the years, especially as the appearance improves. These days, it’s almost impossible to tell fake grass from real grass! But artificial grass is a very functional option for two big reasons: (1) it’s extremely no maintenance and requires no mowing or trimming; (2) it requires no water, which not only helps preserve water but also lowers your water bill. No matter the season or the weather, your artificial grass is always going to look perfect. 

Built-in kitchen.

A built in kitchen or grill is a fantastic landscape design element that you can use all year long. Whether you’re grilling burgers for a cookout in the summer, or enjoying some grilled chicken on a cool autumn night, you’ll love having the grill installed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Plus, a built-in outdoor kitchen is a definite upgrade that adds a luxury element to your home.


Good lighting is an absolute must-have for any yard. Lighted walkways offer safety; lit areas allow you to sit outside with friends after dark; and lighting up trees, bushes, or other features creates an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. 

These landscape design elements are great additions to any yard. Not only will they give your yard an upscale, polished look and feel, but they’ll also be functional features you can use all year long. Isn’t it time to upgrade your yard?

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