Steel edging is long-lasting and takes on a lovely patina with weathering
The flowers filling out one summer after planting
Lavenders and Jerusalem sage combine for a drought tolerant hub for bees
A wider path allows for main traffic while a winding side path encourages a slow stroll among the plants, taking in the textures and smells
Slab pavers and gravel paths with inlayed solar lights
Autumn color. Waiting to cut back plants until spring provides shelter and foraging materials for insects, and seed heads for birds
Desert plants like Opuntia cactus will thrive in the heat of the hellstrip rock garden
We killed the grass through sheet mulching with cardboard and fir wood chips
freshly planted, before fence installation
Tally wanted the front yard to match the newly updated mid-century modern aesthetic of her house. She also needed a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant garden to accommodate her busy work and travel lifestyle.
We got rid of the lawn using a sheet mulch method with cardboard and wood chips. After 5 months, the soil was ready to shape into garden beds. We created an island berm and planted it heavily with pollinator supportive flowers, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers for a carpeted mosaic of year round color and texture. Lots of drought-tolerant evergreen shrubs with blue-silver foliage to contrast against the dark blue house color were utilized for year-round appeal. A few deciduous trees with burgundy-purple foliage offer bold color and fall interest.
The sidewalk strip of lawn was replaced with a rock garden containing desert plants like yucca, cacti, callistemon, and agave to soak up the heat.
- get rid of lawn
- low maintenance
- curbside appeal
- pollinator habitat
- blue/silver and burgundy foliage to compliment house