Living on the West Coast, we have had some droughts in the recent years. This year we received plenty of rainfall, but I still would love to reduce our water usage and found some easy but modern low maintenance landscape ideas that are still beautiful.
1. SUCCULENTS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Succulents are one of the best drought tolerant plants. They look beautiful, the cuttings can last for days without water and can be used in bouquets, and they provide great ground coverage. I love how colorful they are, and when paired with a rock garden they add beauty to an otherwise uninspired landscape. My favorite are the Agaves, Aloe Brevifolia, and Fred Ives plants shown below.
|Photograph by Debra Lee Baldwin|
2. CONTRAST PLANT HEIGHT FOR PRETTY BORDERS
Here, a purple fountain grass (Pennisetum x advena 'Rubrum') contrasts beautifully with the shorter Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'. These are perfect for borders along the edge of a house or to line a driveway.
3. MIX MEDIA TO CREATE DIFFERENT AREAS OF INTEREST
Mixing different colored mulch, gravel, and river rocks to help define separate areas and create borders can help create a beautiful and easy to maintain landscape. Curving the paths around the mixed media will capture your interest.
.4. A ROW OF CONTAINER PLANTS TO ADD INTEREST TO YOUR PATIO
If you want a eliminate grass completely from your lawn you can still capture the beauty of greenery by containing simple plants in containers or planters around your patio. And you can install a simple drip system to keep the plants hydrated! I love the horsetail bamboo and red Ti plants shown below.
5. DROUGHT TOLERANT ORNAMENTAL GRASS
Ornamental grass such as Nassella tenuissima and Festuca rubra provide easy and low maintenance ground cover. These type of grasses do not need to be mown and provide a soft romantic look to your yard.