Spanish Style Landscape Design
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Landscape Design

Spanish Style Landscape Design

Echo a mission bell in your Spanish-style landscape.

Spanish missionaries founded much of California and the Southwest so it’s not surprising Spanish-style architecture is prevalent. Amp up your Spanish flair when creating your landscape wherever you live. Check the U. S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones for whatever plants you choose or treat tender plants as annuals and replace them every year. A Spanish-style landscape, or courtyard, will be remembered by real estate agents and buyers alike, setting your home apart.

Architectural Elements

Courtyards, mission bells, arches and wrought iron all have their place in a Spanish-style landscape. For example, use a wrought iron gate under an arch at the entrance to your front yard to welcome guests. Create a courtyard by surrounding a patio with waist high stucco walls. Add a fireplace to extend the use of the patio into the evenings. Hang wrought iron chandeliers from the overhead beams of the ramada.


Saltillo pavers immediately invoke the feel of a Spanish courtyard. Use decorative ceramic colored tile as accents on fireplaces, the Saltillo floor and as a border surrounding windows and doors. Tie together a patio by including decorative tiles on the support posts of the patio roof. Break up broken tiles even further and create a mosaic table top.

Water Feature

Water splashing down a fountain into a pond cools you down on a hot summer day just by looking at it. The sound of the water masks street or neighbor noises as well. A tiered fountain is classic Spanish, but if your yard or your budget doesn’t have room, substitute a smaller fountain or even water tumbling out of a pot. Surround the fountain with brightly-colored geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) in reds, oranges and hot pink. If the area doesn’t get enough sun for geraniums use ferns or hostas instead.