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.
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.
The designers of this beautiful Southwestern style landscape use natural colors to make the space standout. The brown hues of the rocks in the gabion wall and the tile accent steps compliment that natural green hues of the desert plants that surround them, making the landscape of this house match the natural landscape of the land that surrounds it.
This rustic, steel gate provides the perfect entryway to a Texas home that won the ASLA 2018 Award of Excellence in the residential design category. This reclaimed wood fence by Word + Carr Design Group provides a barrier, but doesn’t overpower the delicate grasses.
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These homeowners have continued their water-conscious design into the backyard. Here, they have also replaced the grass with gravel, and the plants they have used can withstand the drought. The gazing pool in the yard is the perfect place to relax on a warm day, but will not need constant refilling.
Beds of flowering plants are interrupted by a steel planter, creating dynamic textures and patterns that earn this design at Yard, a project by 2.ink Studio an ASLA 2018 Honor Award in the residential design category. This functional feature manages stormwater runoff for this rooftop garden in Portland, Oregon.
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.
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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.
The neutral material palette of this contemporary open-concept home blends with the site’s natural and restored vegetation in Austin, Texas. The clean design of the backyard pool by Word + Carr Design Group lets the surrounding nature command attention, earning this site the ASLA 2018 Award of Excellence in the Residential Design Category.
To the side of this modern, Southwestern style home, rests a long, slender contemplation pool. This pool is lined by drought resistant plants, and stylishly separates the upper level from the lower patio.