Drought-Tolerant Backyard

A large concrete backyard becomes a waterwise California retreat.

  • The homeowners remodeled their home, but ran out of inspiration when it came to the concrete and dirt space that is the backyard.
  • The large existing patio is used as the center point for the new backyard.
  • 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.
  • Mediterranean herbs and various drought-tolerant plants are used for their low-water and low-maintenance requirements.


    • copper bowl fountain
    • paving materials
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