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Friday, April 8, 2016

Front Yard Amazing Flower Update

Two years ago, we took the plunge and ripped out all our grass! Living in Southern California, trying to keep our front yard grass green was not only costing us a small fortune, but just not smart for our living area. We have drought conditions and we just can't use all our water to keep our yard pretty - and it was city mandated! We are only allowed to water our yard one time per week on a specific day, from October through April. We are only allowed to water two times per week on specified days from April to October. So, keeping grass green when it's up in the high 90's, low 100's, wasn't working! That's why we ripped out our grass. And it turned out AMAZING! Today I wanted to share an update on what our yard is looking like two years later. 

Amazing, Drought Tolerant Front Yard ::

Drought Tolerant landscape planted sparingly ::

Remember the teeny, tiny plants our landscaper put in? Well, they are not teeny, tiny any more! For a full list of plants we used, go see the post HERE where I listed every drought tolerant plant.

Drought Tolerant landscape planted sparingly yields abundant flowers ::

Look at it now! You can hardly even see the dirt! With the advice of our landscaper, we chose not to use any bark to cover the dirt. I've ALWAYS used bark to cover because I thought it would help hold the moisture in and so forth. But, our landscaper insisted not to do that - he said we would be able to spot weeds faster and get them right away. He advised not to use weed cloth, either. I thought he was crazy, but after two years I know he was TOTALLY RIGHT!

Blue Fescue in drought tolerant landscape ::

Having had bark in years past, I found this MUCH easier to maintain. The plants have, obviously, grown so much that you can't see the dirt anymore. The bark would always need refreshing yearly and would wash away in heavy rain. 

Easy growing succulents for front yard landscape ::

We've lost a few of the original plants that just didn't work out, but have found a few new ones. I added these succulents that started as literally a cutting off of my mom's plant from her yard. I plopped it into the ground and it grew and grew and grew! I did this with four others of her cuttings. They are SUPER easy to grown and require very little maintenance. I have no idea what the name of this succulent is, but they are at just about any nursery or garden center. If you purchase one, get a small one and as they grown use cuttings for more. 

Gold coin daises in front yard drought tolerant landscape ::

I also added these Gold Coin Daisies. They are SO easy. We found that with only the dirt, whenever it WOULD rain, the dirt would wash away down the hill in this spot. So, I planted these along the sidewalk to help hold the dirt in. It worked and look how beautiful they are! They are perennial so they bloom most of the year. 

Drought Tolerant landscape planted sparingly ::

Here's another before of the front door area with the landscape. 

Drought Tolerant landscape grows quickly in a couple of years ::

And now, two years later. I think my house paint has faded a bit, too! But, the landscape has grown so much and filled in beautifully!

Roses make great drought tolerant plants ::

It isn't "low-maintenance" but it's definitely not hard. We don't have to mow it every week. But, I still need to weed it weekly and cut everything back every 3-4 months quite a bit. It grows so much, so fast! Isn't it amazing? 

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  1. You and your landscaper did an amazing job. The yard is lovely.

  2. wow, it looks just beautiful! I don't know the "official" name of that succulent but they are called hens & chicks by most people. I have one side of my backyard that I don't have any grass in and was planning on putting down weed barrier and then rocks... I'm curious about the no weed barrier recommendation... did he do anything special to the ground before planting the plants? do you get lots of weeds?


  3. Looks gorgeous, Becky! What a great job you've done--I know you have no regrets!

  4. Very beautiful. Inspiration to get moving on my drought tolerant landscaping. We can only water for 15 minutes at a time in the Inland Valley.

  5. Dream garden. Well done. You are so justified in being so proud of it. Thank you for sharing with us. Fancy coming to England to do my garden?

    1. In addition to my comment above, at least we have an abundance of rain here in England :(


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