Love the feeling of openness from a lawn, but don't want to mow and water? Gravel's a simple solution, and as you can see, it doesn't have to look industrial. Just tucking a few plants throughout ensures a softer look. Photo from Sunset.
Can't wait for this new book to come out. Pam's blog Digging has been offering up some seriously inspiring no-lawn photos for years, so seeing her best advice and pics compiled into one resource will be amazing. It's called Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard by Pam Penick.
"This sward of Asian ornamental grass needs no mowing and requires far less water than traditional turf." says Maureen Gilmer in Morongo Valley, CA. I love the fluffy softness! See more no-mow ideas here: http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/lawns/alternatives.html#
This prairie-style landscape has soft, flowing appeal. Photo by Maureen Gilmer - Morongo Valley, CA. See more lawn-free landscaping ideas here: http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/lawns/alternatives.html
Who knew artificial turf could be so gorgeous? Sleek design by Newtex Landscape, Inc. in Henderson, NV. Learn more about how this landscaper revived his business with artificial turf: http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/nevada/artificial-turf.html#
This former lawn was replaced by well-defined, modern squares of rock. See more lawnless landscaping ideas here: http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/landscaping-ideas/lawnless.html Photo credit: Maureen Gilmer - Morongo Valley, CA.