This little backyard began with a bold purple-blue color, “faraway skies” that plays off the ochre-yellow stucco of the house. Once the wall was painted, we used blackbrush acacia, ‘Silver Peso’ Texas mt. laurels, ocotillo, and desert milkweed as the major plants. To break up the long rectangle of the backyard, we used a French curve-shaped steel border to separate a gravel patio from planted areas. In the gravel patio, we located a fountain and fire pit. Both the fountain and fire pit have custom made steel trellises that are meant to suggest stylized ocotillo fencing.