When combining cacti, succulents, flowering perennials and woody plants with ornamental grasses, try to contrast textures, forms and colors to bring out the best attributes of the plants being planted together.

When combining cacti, succulents, flowering perennials and woody plants with ornamental grasses, contrast textures, forms and colors to bring out the best attributes of the plants being planted together.

A Mediterranean planting scheme with santolina, iris and rosemary in groups on dry stone walls.  Photo courtesy Clive Nichols

A Mediterranean planting scheme with santolina, iris and rosemary in groups on dry stone walls. front garden look and feel

Love the billowing catmint, grasses, salvia, allium, and poppies under the dogwood!  Great lawn alternative for a frontyard

Design by Thomas Rainer: Nasella tenuissima and Salvia 'Caradonna' - Love the billowing catmint, grasses, salvia, allium, and poppies under the dogwood! Great lawn alternative for a frontyard

Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden. Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as this Japanese bloodgrass. The combination of grass and concrete in many curb strips doesn't do much to stem water loss, but this planted version catches water before it hits the street. In place of grass, choose drought-tolerant plantings, which are more likely to prevent erosion. Shade, too, can be a necessary element in the fight…

Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Front Yard Sidewalk Garden Ideas: Filling beds with low maintenance, easy-care plants, such as these ornamental grasses, including fountain grass (Pennisetum) and blue oat grass (Helictotrichon) Via BHG

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Gravel instead? Think of growing a yard this way: mostly gravel (and no sprinklers) but instead wide-spreading plants that can have water efficient water-dripper systems installed.


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