Spanish Garden Design Tips

colored stucco on fireplace
  • The colored stucco on this fireplace is an example of an iconic Spanish element.
  • The timeless beauty of an antique iron grate will bring an enduring charm to a Spanish-style landscape.
  • Don't be afraid to overplant succulents and perennial flowers for a full look right away. You can always remove a few later if necessary.

Spanish Landscape Style Guide

Use this design sheet to help you create the perfect Spanish landscape. You'll get ideas for color, décor, materials, plants and fabric. It is a great starting point for any landscaping project.

Spanish Landscape Style Guide (PDF)

The Designer's Favorite Sources:

antique iron grateCalifornia Cactus Center in Pasadena, CA is a family business owned by three talented sisters. This is the place to come for fabulous specimen succulents and cacti. You'll find rare and unusual varieties as well as large, beautifully-trained versions of more common types of cacti and succulent.

Berbere Imports in Culver City, CA has a diverse selection of pottery from around the world. Thailand, Korea, Morocco, Turkey, Japan and other countries are represented in the carefully-curated store. New pottery arrives often, so if you find something you like, snatch it up quickly as it may not be there next time.

The Spanish landscape is a study in contrasts. Boldly colored glazed tiles are set against the sun-baked terra cotta of Saltillo pavers, while vivid plantings mingle with weathered iron and stone. These contrasts bring a lively sense of timelessness to the Spanish design style.

overplant succulents and perennial flowersSandy Koepke, a garden designer and interior designer near Los Angeles, CA, has been creating beautiful outdoor rooms and garden spaces for over 15 years. Her bold and eclectic approach suits the Spanish landscape perfectly, and here she shares her professional tips for getting this look.


  • Do choose iconic Spanish elements such as white or colored stucco, Saltillo pavers, colored tile and iron work. These are the common threads that help your landscaping fit in with the Spanish style of architecture.
  • Do choose bold paint colors for the outdoors. While most people choose quiet colors for the interior, the garden is a place to play with stronger colors. Because there's no ceiling reflecting the color back at you, bright colors can enliven an outdoor space without overwhelming it.
  • Do embellish concrete patios and pathways to give them personality. Adding a meandering line of river rock or repeating elements like tile within the concrete can make even your pathways an artistic part of the décor.
  • Do connect every plant to a drip irrigation system. In a hot landscape, a drip irrigation system is an easy way of making sure each plant and pot is getting just the right amount of water, with no waste.


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