Friday, November 20, 2009

Excellent drought tolerant landscape design

This front yard design was done by Los Angeles based Landscape Architect Rob Steiner, and I like it so much I wanted to show it off as this week's home highlight. It is full of ideas you can apply to your own front yard remodel. Here are just a few:

1) Concrete cutting. Rob Steiner is known for using the existing driveway (patio, etc) but cutting the concrete to remove sections and create artistic patterns for a very contemporary effect.

2) Pathways don't always have to be solid. Rob used square pavers in a very ergonomic pattern to connect the driveway to the front door

3) Interesting fencing: Rob used blue colored lumocite to create a fascinating but simple fence. A low fence like this defines the front yard and contrasts nicely with the gently moving Mexican Feather Grass. Lumocite is semi-transparent, so the effect is somewhat like a Japanese Shoji screen.

4) Keep the plantings simple: the more simple the better for a more designer look. Rob used a row of Westringia against the house, a Purple Leaf Plum, Stipa tenuissima, and Miscanthus. The colors of the plant material work with the colors of the house beautifully.

Want to see more of Rob's work? Check out his website. Want something like this for your own garden in San Diego? Check out our website. We'd love to help!

1 comment:

  1. I'm in San Diego and looking for help with drought tolerant landscaping. Is waterless synthetic turf the best way to go to reduce water use and still have a nice yard with color? Called a few "experts" like DK's Turf (619) 980-9035 1380 Garnet Ave. and apparently there is variety in fake grass. What natural options are out there for native low-water grasses?