At the intersection of Arizona's high desert and high country, Sedona sits at the very base of the Colorado Plateau, which towers 2000 ft above and encircles Red Rock Country on some three sides, sort of like an amphitheater.  Sedona has what is called a pinyon-juniper woodland, characterized by a mixture of these two trees and subject to temperature extremes and limited moisture.  While a common ecosystem in the higher elevations of the southwest (e.g., around the Grand Canyon), in this part of the state the woodland is localized pretty much to Sedona given elevation changes in adjacent regions.  Interspersed with the native vegetation on the property are extensive landscaped beds filled with a mixture of cacti and hardy perennials adding beauty to the woodland in several ways. 

Seasonal Color to the Native Woodland

The landscaped grounds combine vegetation native to Sedona’s woodland with hardy perennials that provide seasonal color and attract lots of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Among the native plants are pinyons, Utah junipers, rabbit brush, scrub oak, cacti, Mexican bird of paradise and wildflowers like Blackfoot daisies and desert marigolds.  Interspersed with these native flora are a variety of sages, rosemary, yarrows, euphorbias, germander, nepeta, Mexican primrose, Mt. Lemmon marigolds, among others.  

Bedroom terrace bed in bloom
Cockscomb sunset

Foreground for majestic panoramas

The sweeping grandeur of Red Rock Country is best experienced amid Talahogan’s grounds where the hilltop’s spectacular views are enhanced by colorful, fragrant vegetation, flowing water, and sounds and activities of local wildlife.


Enhancing the Hogan

The landscaped woodland encircles the house, adding seasonal colors and scents, softness to the stone façade, welcome summer shade, and evergreen foreground during winter.

Blending with the Native Woodland Beyond

The unfenced landscaped grounds connect seamlessly with the natural woodland beyond.

Garden view to north