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
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.