A front yard in Austin, Texas with a graphic mix of regional natives and foreign plants that looks good year-round.

Gardener Interview: Stephen Orr

Nantucket garden by Susan Burke, photo by Stephen Orr for @Veranda Magazine

Nantucket garden is nestled in a stone-lined trench that's protected from the sea just a few yards away. Native junipers create privacy and a strong backdrop for lavatera, butterfly bushes, poppies, roses and Russian sage.

Love the textures in these plantings with the Acacia stenophylla.  From Stephen Orr's new book via Flora Grubb

This Acacia stenophylla presides over a chic composition of clipped topiary and a fabulous agave. Photo by Stephen Orr

Emmanuel Donval made a vertical garden out of salvaged metal roof vents and filled them with drought tolerant succulents at his driveway garden in downtown Napa.

Gardener Interview: Stephen Orr

Designer Emmanuel Donval of Napa made a vertical pocket garden out of metal roof jacks and planted the vents with a mixture of colorful succulents.

small labyrinth of drought tolerant sedge  Now I know what to do with all the liriopi in my broaders!

labyrinth of drought-tolerant Berkeley sedge, Carex divulsa. The sedge doesn't need much water, and it requires clipping or thinning only three times a year -- whenever it gets to be about 2 feet tall.

Flip through most gardening books and you'll see pages and pages of excess. But all that lushness comes at a high price. Martha Stewart Living Editorial Director of Gardening Stephen Orr shares greener ways to create lovely outdoor spaces.

Sustainable Gardening Ideas: Martha Stewart Living Editorial Director of Gardening Stephen Orr shares greener ways to create lovely outdoor spaces.

In Ojai, landscape designer Paul Hendershot created a family gathering place under a cool canopy of fruitless mulberry trees. Mulberries are fairly tolerant of drought once they get established, but their aggressive roots are large and shallow. Hendershot set up a watering system for the trees that irrigates them deeply once a week, keeping the roots from growing too near the surface.

n Ojai, landscape designer Paul Hendershot created a family gathering place under a cool canopy of fruitless mulberry trees. Mulberries are .

LA Times - Stephen Orr's 'Tomorrow's Garden' and modern, sustainable landscapes

On a large property near San Francisco, Roderick Wyllie and James Lord of Surface Design constructed a walkway using staggered stone strips interspersed with low groundcovers and stones

From his book "Tomorrow's Garden," gardening editor Stephen Orr outlines 10 steps to sustainable gardening.

A Greener Thumb

“Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening” by Stephen Orr Photo: Rodale

Books can sprout ideas for creative spring gardens

The wonderful Umberger garden, from "Tomorrow's Garden" by Stephen Orr.  Love the red accent.

The wonderful Umberger garden, from "Tomorrow's Garden" by Stephen Orr. Love the red accent.

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