Jill Dahlin Courtyard at the MIM

Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards –
Award of Excellence for Commercial Redesign Under $15,000

Upon our initial visit to the MIM, the site was covered with overgrown aloe plants that were pruned poorly, giving the courtyard an old, unkempt appearance. There was little variation in color or texture with regards to the plant palette. Inviting, it was not.

Coconut Contracting was asked to develop a new planting plan that included much more color, as well as plants that would attract hummingbirds. To accomplish these goals, we planted Salvia Greggii, Salvia Leucantha and Orange Jubilee. We also brought in Bear Grass to add some much-needed texture to the area. We removed many of the aloes, as well as other plants that were either overgrown or simply didn’t fit with the new plan.

We’re happy to report that since the completion of the project, hummingbirds have already built two nests in the courtyard’s Oak trees.

The Dunn Residence

Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards –
Award of Distinction for Single Family Residential Installation $40,001 – $55,000

The front yard of the Dunn Residence was neglected for nearly 40 years. It had a ¼” minus, decomposed granite “driveway” that had no available access to the garage. Improper and poor location of mounding led to damaged vehicles as well as damaged landscaping. Old and neglected plants hadn’t seen a functioning irrigation system in a very long time.

We came in with a comprehensive plan to grade the entire front of the property and provide access to the garage. The plan also included a full lighting design, planting design and irrigation system. The custom irrigation system placed trees on a separate valve than the shrubs, and the turf valves feeding approximately 500 square feet.

We used various species of cactus and agave planted in clusters, nestled into boulders and surrounded by complimentary plants. Varying vegetative textures were always thought of and utilized throughout the space. The hard work and planning paid off, producing a beautiful and functional front yard.



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