With her drought-tolerant landscapes and permeable hardscape designs, Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA Landscaping has proven her dedication to saving our most precious natural resource. Pavers and succulents in a yard of her design in Malibu, California, help save water.
This smartly built modular home in Sonoma County, California helps a couple save on energy bills. The cantilevered office space above the garage is also underlit with exterior lighting between the driveway and the home. Landscaping is minimal, with native plants that require little maintenance. Water drains through a downspout onto pea gravel.
Working with a strict budget, a team from Three Sixty Design reimagined this Denver yard. High-gloss pots from Vondom contain drought-tolerant sedum. All told, the landscaping project came in under the $20,000 budget.
This John Lautner-designed hotel is a desert oasis with cactus-lined walkways and patios set with butterfly chairs.
This Canadian family’s getaway in the California desert features native desert plants within a courtyard near the garage.
Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant landscaping practices that can be implemented anywhere in the world. For a project in Menlo Park, California, Cox flanked pavers with drought-resistant Phormium ‘Rainbow Warrior.'
Also by Cox, this water-saving project in Menlo Park includes a rock bed with succulents.
Jim Murren’s prefab house in Sin City, designed by Marmol Radziner, is as artful as it is art-filled, thanks to an asymmetrical arrangement of solids and voids. Sage Design Studios transformed the developer-flattened landscape into a picturesque desert setting with naturalistic undulations, meandering trails, and drought-tolerant shrubs.