8 Ways to Drought-Proof Your Yard
It’s more than just gravel and cacti
Poor Kimye. The couple recently got a letter from local government officials warning that their Hidden Hills home was using too much water on its lush plantings.
Even if we’re not gazillionaires, emergency drought measures mean that we all need to cut down on our water usage by as much as 50 percent.
So what’s a gardener to do? We got some inspiration from local garden designers and landscapers, who have ingenious methods for reducing water while maintaining a glam outdoor look.
Elysian Landscapes installs a welcoming front courtyard in lieu of a lawn.
Look to the Desert
The folks at Boor Bridges Architecture layer hearty Shoestring Acacia trees, which require watering only once a month.
Befriend Decomposed Granite
Decomposed granite is natural, permeable and breaks down over time, so it won’t make your soil areas all rocky. It will stick to shoes, so make sure to have a doormat handy. Here it’s used in a beach backyard created by Grow Outdoor Design.
Indigenous California plants have evolved to thrive in low-water seasons. Nick Dean Gardens uses a profusion of wildflowers to create a lush entryway along a front staircase.
Large cement plinths focus the attention on the handsome fire pit in this outdoor space by Eco Landscape. (They’re also a lot safer for flying embers than dry grass.)
These hardy, colorful plants have fleshy bodies that hoard water, and they seem to thrive when thirsty. Here, Roger?s Gardens Landscape has encircled a pool with multi-hued succulents.
Lucky enough to live in a sleek, modernist home? Get an equally hip yard to go with it. Ask Turf Terminators to tear out your lawn and hardscape the area at no cost--it pays for its services by applying for government water-conservation rebates.
Masses of Color
OK, this garden’s from Australia--but we couldn’t resist designer Paul Bangay’s water-wise (and totally L.A.-possible) swaths of pink sedum, swaying lavender and silver perennial grasses.