Gorgeous Gardens: Sunny Lawn With Swimming Pool

This backyard in Los Angeles seems to go on for miles, with rolling green hills and ornamental grasses in every direction. The lawn was redesigned in 2015 after drought hit the region and now features a low-water groundcover, succulents and boulders for visual interest. The piéce de résistance, though, is the swimming pool and deck, where the sociable owners can gather with friends.

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Photo By: Peter Starman

Craftsman Pool and Deck

A new deck and Craftsman-style pool house give residents and guests a place to lounge poolside and enjoy the views.

Grassy Backyard With Pavers

To reduce this backyard's water consumption, landscape designers replaced its turf grass with drought-tolerant Kurapia, a newly-developed groundcover that requires less water and maintenance.

Railing With Vines

Vines green up this railing; its slim horizontal wires let the view show through.

Outdoor Stone Fireplace

A stone fireplace is nestled amidst the trees and grasses. Replacing turf with pretty ornamental grasses like these helped the outdoor space reduce its water needs by 70 percent.

Boulders and Kangaroo Paws

Boulders and kangaroo paw plants give this backyard texture and color.

Eucalyptus Tree and Feather Grass

A big, noble eucalyptus tree is surrounded by feather grass. Replacing thirsty perennials and annuals with sweeps of grasses was one of the ways landscape designers reduced water consumption in this backyard.

Backyard With Different Grasses

This Los Angeles backyard was redesigned when drought hit the region in 2015. Landscape designers switched out turf for more drought-sensitive choices like succulents and more low-maintenance grasses.

Boulders and Kurapia Grass

The green grass on this lawn is drought-tolerant Kurapia (bred from the native plant Phyla nodiflora). Boulders give the yard a more naturalistic feel.

George Rickey Sculpture in Grass

A geometric sculpture by artist George Rickey emerges from the midst of feather grass.

Antique Water Fountain and Feather Grass

In this part of the backyard, an antique fountain echoes the movement in the feathery ornamental grass all around it.

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