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April 23, 2015
These drought-tolerant yards point the way forward for sustainable horticulture.
LA home with yard of drought-resistant plants

In light of California’s water shortage, Cassy Aoyagi’s drought-tolerant landscapes feel incredibly prescient. This Los Angeles home showcases some of the designer’s favorite eco-friendly solutions, such as a low-watering lawn alternative and Russian sage.

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Orly Olivier
Originally appeared in Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
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Yard in Malibu with pavers and succulents

Cassy Aoyagi is also keen on designing with permeable hardscapes that allow rainfall to seep into the ground, absorbing rather than amplifying heat. At this Malibu home, Aoyagi implemented a decorative succulent garden alongside an entryway path made of concrete slabs and gravel. 

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Orly Olivier
Originally appeared in Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
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Landscape designer Andrea Cochran uses drought-tolerant plants from around the world in her work. In this Geyserville, California yard, she chose a low-watering Australian herb, Lomandra, to frame the Cor-Ten steel staircase.

Originally appeared in Landscape Design for All Climates
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This northern Michigan home uses low-watering meadow grasses and a row of Russian sage that runs the length of the 110-foot-long saltwater pool.

Originally appeared in Landscape Design for All Climates
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Modern eco house yard exterior view

Hardscaping with used gravel is good for the environment and your budget. Along the side of this Los Angeles home, David and Mayuko Lai planted drought-tolerant bamboo to add color to their garden.

Originally appeared in A Dream House for the Ages
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Bright and verdant, this eco-friendly synthetic grass never needs to be watered or mowed, doesn't require toxic fertilizers, and stays green all year round.

Originally appeared in On Greener Turf
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Rock bed with succulents in a Menlo Park garden

In this drought-tolerant garden of dark green succulents, bluish river rocks emulate the look of water and contrast nicely with the wooden deck. 

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Groundworks Office
Originally appeared in How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
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LA home with yard of drought-resistant plants

In light of California’s water shortage, Cassy Aoyagi’s drought-tolerant landscapes feel incredibly prescient. This Los Angeles home showcases some of the designer’s favorite eco-friendly solutions, such as a low-watering lawn alternative and Russian sage.

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