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October 13, 2015
From succulents to cacti, these eight homes' surrounding landscapes can get by on little water.
Yard in Malibu with pavers and succulents

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.

 

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Orly Olivier
Originally appeared in Native Plants Can Transform Your Yard—And The Planet
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Cloverdale Prefab Home Front Exterior

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.

 

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Originally appeared in This Green-Minded Prefab Treads Lightly on the Earth
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Denver landscape hardscape Three Sixty Design

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.

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Tahvory Bunting / Denver Image Photography
Originally appeared in A Low-Maintenance Landscape for a Midcentury Denver Home
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Exterior of Hotel Lautner with butterfly chairs

This John Lautner-designed hotel is a desert oasis with cactus-lined walkways and patios set with butterfly chairs.

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Originally appeared in A John Lautner-Designed Hotel
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Courtyard and Garage at Indian Summer home in Southern California

This Canadian family’s getaway in the California desert features native desert plants within a courtyard near the garage. 

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Originally appeared in One Canadian Family Beats the Cold by Escaping to the California Desert
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Drought-resistant garden in Menlo Park

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.'

 

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Ike Edeani
Originally appeared in How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
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Rock bed with succulents in a Menlo Park garden

Also by Cox, this water-saving project in Menlo Park includes a rock bed with succulents.

 

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Groundworks Office
Originally appeared in How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
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murren prefab residence exterior

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.

 

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Originally appeared in A Desert Prefab Hits the Jackpot in Sin City
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Yard in Malibu with pavers and succulents

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.

 

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