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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

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Tired of Mowing? Try These Plants and Groundcovers

Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) & stones - Which Plants to Use as Lawn Alternative : Home Improvement : DIY Network

Muhly Grass. It grows to about 3 feet high and wide. Pink Muhly makes a great border or edge plant. It combines well with pink-flowering Echinacea, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy,’ and other ornamental grasses.

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20 colorful plants for shade gardens

Japanese forest grass: Gracefully arching leaves give this perennial grass the look of a cooling fountain.

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The Beauty of Ornamental Grasses

Bought a package of these seeds today. Nice to find a great photo of them in their full glory! Can't wait to see them in my own yard.

No-Mow fescue with a tall prairie planting behind, landscaping, gardening, ornamental grasses, perennial,

private garden | oxfordshire ~ dan pearson studio....don't mind the look. Mowed paths still show some forethought and can't beat the reduction in maintenance time :)

A thyme lawn. Prettier than grass, needs no mowing or watering, (much less wasted water), purple blooms in the summer, and smells lovely when you walk on it.

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2010-2011 Dream Garden Awards

Great mix of lavender and wispy grass - natives to Northern California and easy to maintain. Low water usage.

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Best Ways to Deal with Storm Water

How to turn a drainage problem into a handsome feature that enhances your landscape—and protects natural waterways. | Photo: Karen Bussolini | thisoldhouse.com

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11 Ways to Meet California’s New 25 Percent Water Cutbacks

Ideas for drought tolerant landscape

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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Japanese bloodgrass 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 against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this planted bed.

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Best Silver-Leaf Plants for Your Garden

Blue Fescue