Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-22
Assorted succulents in xeriscape
It takes a lot of water to keep the standard issue lawn green, especially here in Zone 10, aka the desert southwest. So the hip, socially responsible thing to do -- right after you buy a Prius -- is to kill your lawn and install low-water plants -- cacti, succulents, trees and grasses that can survive in dry climates without regular watering. Sometimes they're local, native plants, but not always.
A nearby neighbor just ripped out all the agapanthus, azaleas, and princess plants (sob!) and installed assorted succulents, etc. This is not a collector's garden, filled with rarities and 'ZOMG, what is that?' plants, but it does the job. If you want to see some incredibly beautiful, creative xeriscapes, just do an online search. There are tons of sites and blogs devoted to low-water plants and garden designs. Here are a few more images from my neighbor's yard to use as a starting point.
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