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Low-water landscaping

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 26, 2009

Revised: July 1, 2009 (additional pictures)

We took a walk around our area yesterday to see what neighbors are doing in the way of landscaping that looks nice but appears to be relatively low on water requirements. Below are a few that I like.

As full disclosure, I’ll show my house first.  It was nothing but gravel when we bought it, we added three trees, a  Melaleuca, Crape Myrtle, and a Rhus Lancea which you can’t see in this shot.  There are some ugly patches that we need to work on.

Pretty plain compared to the others

Our place is pretty plain compared to the others

I watched them plant this years ago.  Very nice.

I watched them plant this years ago. Very nice.

Nice slope but still a bit of thirsty lawn

These owners made a beautiful composition.

Very pleasant arrangement.

Any idea what the foreground plant with white flowers is?

This looks like a recent makeover; probably was a lawn.

Nice plant choices; I'd skip the birdbath

One Response to “Low-water landscaping”

  1. Good to see some successful yards employing drought-tolerant strategies. Most of the yards look pretty established, so the owners are ahead of the curve. The white-flowered plant is a matilija poppy, most likely Romney coulteri. It’s a great native that is happy with zero added water, but it doth have a reputation for being hard to establish and then impossible to contain once it settles in…

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