Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Jonathan Spears integrated terraces and drought-conserving plants into the front and back yard designs to help this Southwestern home conserve water.

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Photo By: Jonathan Spears, ASLA

Drought Resistant Plant and Gabion Wall in Modern Southwestern Yard

This eco-friendly Southwestern style landscaping features modern terraced steps to lead to the home's front door. The plants featured in this garden are drought resistant to stand up to the extreme temperatures of this home's desert location. Other aspects of this design include sustainable materials such as reclaimed stone for the gabion wall and the stone that requires no watering.

Desert Inspired Southwestern Landscape

This modern, Southwestern style home gets a front yard makeover. The homeowners are concerned with water conservation in the summer months, so the designers used their desert surroundings to inspire their design. Because of the dry soil, erosion is always a worry, so a gabion wall was installed in the back of yard to help stave off any erosion issues. Flowerbeds were then added around the steps leading to the front door. Those beds were filled with desert plants that can easily handle the lack of water they will receive in the summer months. Then, landscapers added stones instead of mulch or grass to fill in the beds and in between the driveway and the stairs to keep down the reliance on water and to give the design a desert feel.

Desert Plants and Gravel in Water Conscious Yard

The water conscious homeowners of this modern, Southwestern home boasts drought friendly plants that can easily withstand the dry heat of the summer months. Instead of planting grass that will need to be watered, the homeowners have used gravel to protect the plants' roots from the heat.

Gabion Wall to Hold Off Erosion and Weather Resistant Plants in Desert Climates

This modern, Southwestern style home gets the perfect desert landscape. A gabion wall stands at the back of the yard, next to the foundation of the house to help curb erosion. Small flowerbeds then cascade down the yard along the steps. These beds contain durable plants that can survive the summer heat in this desert climate without much water. Instead of mulch in these beds, the beds are filled with rock to keep from having to grow grass that would require lots of water during the summer months. This way, the home's front yard is completely sustainable.

Gabion Wall and Drought Resistant Plants with Elegant Gray Stones in Southwestern Style Landscape

This gabion wall was installed in the back of the garden to help prevent erosion in the dry climate. The cacti and the yucca plants give the wall a pop of color, while the grey stones in the flower beds add an elegant touch to this desert landscape.

Yucca and Cactus Plants in Front of Gabion Wall in Water Conscious Landscape Design

The yucca plants in this yard have their own planter box to make the spaces for each type of plants defined. Behind the yucca, there are cacti lining the gabion wall. Each of these species of plant are drought resistant, so they will not need much water in the coming summer heat.

Brown Gabion Wall Accentuates the Greenness of the Plants

The gabion wall that has been added to this garden gives it extra dimension and makes the plants stand out against the natural brown.

Gravel Replaces Grass in Water Conserving Yard

This modern Southwestern style home is eco-friendly-something the homeowners are concerned about. The drought resistant plants will hold up in the harsh desert climates, and instead of grass, the homeowners have used gravel and other rocks to cut down on their water consumption.

Terraced Steps Add Height to Landscape Design

To add dimension to this front yard, the homeowners have used their steps to give the space height. Instead of adding plants of varying heights that could obstruct a direct view of the house, the homeowners have terraced their steps, and also their flowerbeds, to give their drought friendly front lawn a little extra pizzaz.