How to choose the best plants to complement artificial turf

Synthetic turf from Arizona Turf Depot is a great material to landscape clients’ green spaces such as yards or atriums. Adding a few real plants in just the right spots can boost your designs to the next level with beauty and liveliness.

Most landscapes, whether backyards, apartment courtyards or office building atriums, look best with plants. Although maintenance is easier with artificial turf, plants draw an eye to key design elements. Plants make spending time in a green space more enjoyable, and they’re good for the environment.

In Arizona Turf Depot’s home state of Arizona, adding trees also provides shade that can greatly reduce the summer heat’s harsh effects. Trees use a certain amount of water, but that is offset by the shade benefits they bring when you pick the right species. Desert-friendly trees or tall bushes do well with minimum water and their shade cools the area around them.

For example, we recommend avoiding palm trees because they use a lot of water while providing minimal shade.

When it comes to selecting the right plants, the choices will depend on the overall design of the area’s landscape. For example, if the artificial turf serves as a section of a backyard surrounded by light-colored rocks, desert plants such as agave, aloe vera, palo verde or a variety of cactus species can enhance the look.

For those looking for more of a lush space, such as in an atrium where the artificial turf makes up the majority of the ground cover to simulate a grassy area, we’d recommend adding some trees to bring some character to the space. Options such as crab apple, banana leaf Ficus and areca palms are examples of trees that will bring a landscape to life.

When you need help designing a landscape for your clients or implementing plants into an existing one, Arizona Turf Depot is ready to help. As Arizona’s premier turf wholesaler, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you to the best products for the job.

Arizona Turf Depot provides turf tailored to your landscaping clients’ applications, no matter what you’re looking for. Visit or call Arizona Turf Depot at our West Valley showroom, 14131 N. Rio Vista Blvd., Suite 9, Peoria, AZ 85381 (623) 388-3389, or contact us at our Mesa location, 7645 E. Ray Road, Suite 101, Mesa, AZ 85212, (480) 690-5591. Our experienced team is happy to help you find the right synthetic grass for your needs.

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