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    A meadow like this, especially as an alternative to a traditional lawn, is a great bang-for-the-buck sustainable landscaping strategy. It produces dramatic improvements in both indoor and outdoor air quality. By reducing the need for energy and water, it can save a family as much as 2,500 per 1,000 square feet each year

    Blue fescue Botanical name: Festuca glauca Requirements: Well-drained soil and full sun.Bird benefits: Seeds feed them; foliage provides nesting material Gardener benefits: Mound-forming, semievergreen plants have striking blue-green foliage, making them valuable accent plants. Drought-tolerant plants are a good choice for low-water landscapes. Zones: 4-8 Size: 6-18 inches tall; 12-24 inches wide

    Stepables Top 10 plants, a grassy replacement for walkways and small areas - soft and cool to the touch, and the more they get stepped on, the more they thrive!

    clover lawn! Much easier to keep green than grass

    Plant a No-Mow Lawn: how to replace your thirsty lawn with a casual, easy-care meadow.

    I really want the perimeter of my backyard to look like THIS. I need to get a clue about plants.

    "Positioning plants so they make the most of light pays off, as it does here where the afternoon sun sets this stand of Stipa tenuissima aglow, accenting its "soft, feathery quality"

    Ideas for drought tolerant landscape

    Welcome, my name is Brooke Kroeger and can easliy say I live my life in a garden. I just love beautiful things. I am an avid gardener and collect vintage roses and cottage style flowers. I share my own garden at my Creative Country Mom website, creativecountrymo...

    Stipa and salvia

    The best way to accomplish your outdoor goals, landscaping experts say, is to plan before you build: www.bhg.com/...

    landscape designer Brandon Peterson planted a garden full of meadowlike grasses. “It’s a perfect place to relax with friends—or a sketchboo...

    drought tolerant landscaping california | REPLACE THE LAWN AND GO DROUGHT TOLERANT

    Roger’s California Grape (Vitis ‘Roger’s Red’), Zones 7 to 10; frost hardy. Low water requirement, Full sun to partial shade. Spreads up to 30 feet, vigorous grower. Drought tolerant, provides shelter to wildlife, fruit and flowers attract bees, birds and other wildlife. Leaves blaze in fall. Plant in early spring.

    "all Gold" Jpanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) cascading from rock wall gaps - Rotary Botanical Gardens - Hort Blog

    Pam's kids loved their lawnless front yard.

    Ornamental Grasses: Update Your Curb Appeal with Just One Plant!

    Genus: Lavandula spp. Zones: 5 to 9 Cost: $6 to $10 Expert Says: "Lavender's practically indestructible, genuinely deer-resistant, and comes in beautiful hues." —Robert Kourik, garden designer, Sebastopol, California - CountryLiving.com

    Oehme Van Sweden drought tolerant demonstration garden with grasses and agave at Cornerstone

    Mexican Thread Grass is a soft, billowy grass with fast growth and low water needs, making it ideal in the xeriscaped garden.