Low water plants such as agave and cacti work well for this Las Vegas home's landscape. An outer mesh screen on the upper level and covered courtyard below encourage the homeowners to enjoy the outdoors, even in the heat.
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.
Swap water guzzling plants for low water use beauties. Many drought tolerant plants feature leaves that are silver, spiny or succulent (thick) in nature. You can find low water use plants for any region, from desert to Northern Plains. Visit a quality garden center to explore the plant choices for your neck of the woods.
In desert areas, choose drought-resistant plants and flowers for landscaping that's beautiful and environmentally friendly. Here, drifts of Mexican sage, lavender, Lamb's Ear, Lantana, Senecio Serpens and rosemary fill the front yard and cascade along the walkway.
Square concrete paver walkways with Mexican pebble joints connect the studio with the house, fire pit area and nearby concrete patio, and pea gravel makes for a clean and budget-friendly mulch material. Minimal planting, modern details and exterior lighting complete the outdoor space with a polished look.
Using plants with low water use and low maintenance requirements are cost effective while providing color, movement and textures, says Patricia St. John with St. John Landscapes. Succulents, burgundy Cordylines, variegated plants and evergreen vines provide contrasting colors and textures, without the use of flowering plants. This project was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner.
A screen adds coziness to an outdoor area, and this prefab screen is cheaper than a custom one. It's only on one side of the patio and is topped with an smaller "eyebrow" arbor. St. John Landscapes also saved costs by using low-water, low-maintenance plantings in the award-winning San Francisco backyard project.