Drought-Tolerant Backyard

A large concrete backyard becomes a waterwise California retreat.

After: Low-Maintenance Retreat

Natural materials soften the once desolate landscape. Drought-tolerant plantings feature California natives and Mediterranean herbs arranged in a naturalistic design. Gravel used as a mulch gives the space an arid, desert look to complement the low-water-use plan. Terra-cotta containers planted with French lavender, a copper bowl water feature, new cedar deck and benches and gravel mulch accentuate the natural earth tones of the sandstone patio pavers. Sandstone tiles laid in a checker board pattern give the concrete patio a new, organic look, while a meandering flagstone path leads to the rest of the yard.


    • copper bowl fountain
    • paving materials
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