When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape architect Katharine Webster was greeted by an existing wall covered by ivy and framed with boxwoods at the front of the house. Webster added additional drought-tolerant plants to add more visual interest to the space.
With an ongoing drought in California, landscape designer Katharine Webster turned to drought-tolerant plants such as lamb's ear rather than flowers to complement the existing boxwoods and ivy that frame the brick walkway leading to the front door of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015.
To keep the grounds sustainable, the landscaping incorporated permeable paving, mulches, recycled materials, locally sourced and site-salvaged materials and low maintenance, low-water demand and drought-tolerant plants.
Just as you would coordinate colors in your house’s rooms, select tones to carry through your outdoor space. Here, Shades of Green tied together this inviting area with olive trees and drought-tolerant plants in green and gray tones.
An intricately patterned arbor crafted from aluminum casts lovely patterns of light and shadow across this backyard patio designed by Exterior Worlds Landscaping, including order shrubs for privacy, drought-tolerant plants and a bed of limestone chips for flooring.
Bistro lights are the finishing touch on this modern courtyard, illuminating the wood furniture, bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite and rustic container. Drought-tolerant plants surround the patio, adding a flair of green to complete the space.
Trees shade a spacious and stylish courtyard accented by drought-tolerant plants and LED string lights. The hardscaping combines bluestone paving with pebble accents and crushed granite paving. Both existing trees were retained when the new garden was installed in December 2014.
With an ongoing drought in California, landscape designer Katharine Webster turned to drought-tolerant plants, such as a yucca, rather than flowers to complement the existing boxwoods and ivy that frame the brick walkway leading to the front door of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015.
A chaise lounge area is one of three distinct spaces on a modern rooftop terrace in the city. The penthouse's outdoor space also includes sleek, all-weather containers with drought-tolerant plants that can withstand wind and sun, and decorative elements such as patterned pillows, a striped rug and a throw.
Deep blue blooms cover Blue Balloon Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Korball’) from early summer through fall. Flowers beckon all kinds of pollinators, making Blue Balloon a great addition to a wildlife garden. Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants grow to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
The color show on Russian sage kicks off in midsummer when lavender-purple flowers open. After blossoms fade, a purple bract that holds each bloom remains well into October, giving this plant an apparent flower season that’s months long. ‘Rocketman’ (Perovskia atriplicifolia) has strong, silvery stems that don’t need staking. Russian sage is a drought-tolerant plant that grows best in full sun. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.