Drought Tolerant

The owner of this new, north Fresno home wanted to remove the landscape that came with the home and convert it immediately to a low water use landscape, attractive to pollinators, and to include some edible plants. Following lawn demolition and the removal of Coast Redwood trees, we imported some topsoil for mounds, added potted citrus on a stone patio, Bay Laurel trees, Trailing Lantana, a variety of Salvias, ornamental grasses, and Barberry. The irrigation method was converted to drip irrigation.

The owners of this Madera Ranchos home wanted to convert their mostly lawn front yard to a very low water use landscape considering the severe water restrictions in their area. Following a spray program to kill the lawn, the lawn was removed and Lemon Cove boulders were added. A very minimal number of plants were installed, including part of the owners’ cactus collection, ornamental grasses, Rosemary, Red Yucca, Autumn Sage, and Barberry. Rock mulch and flagstone was added throughout to add interest and keep weeds down. The irrigation method was converted to drip irrigation.

This home located in north Fresno was also a typical Fresno landscape with mostly lawn and a perimeter of flowerbeds. As a cul-de-sac lot, the front yard is very long and narrow which provided opportunities to accentuate the length of the space. We removed the lawn, installed Lemon Cove boulders, potted blue Agave’s, transplanted existing New Zealand Flax, Rosemary, Autumn Sage, Myoporum, Blue Fescue, Artemisia, potted Cordyline, dwarf Nandina and variegated Liriope. The irrigation method was converted to drip irrigation.

The owners of this property wanted a colorful, yet minimalist and low maintenance landscape. We removed the lawn, added Trailing Lantana, ornamental grasses, Indian Hawthorn, Myoporum, Crape Myrtle, and dwarf Bottlebrush. The irrigation method was concerted to drip irrigation.

The owners of this northwest Fresno home wanted a low water use landscape, attractive to pollinators, with lots of year round color, boulders, and a new walkway from the street to the front door and driveway. Following demolition, we added a new concrete walkway, landscape boulders, new plant material, and drip irrigation. Plants include several types of Salvia, Yarrow, Trailing Lantana, Myoporum, Crape Myrtle, Artemisia, Barberry, Blue Fescue, Bougainvilla, and Pineapple Guava.

This home located in north Fresno was also a typical Fresno landscape with mostly lawn and a perimeter of flowerbeds. As a cul-de-sac lot, the front yard is very long and narrow which provided opportunities to accentuate the length of the space. We removed the lawn, installed Lemon Cove boulders, potted blue Agave’s, transplanted existing New Zealand Flax, Rosemary, Autumn Sage, Myoporum, Blue Fescue, Artemisia, potted Cordyline, dwarf Nandina and variegated Liriope. The irrigation method was converted to drip irrigation.

The owners of this corner lot mid-century modern home realized the amount of water being used for landscape irrigation was substantial due to the size of the yard. They wanted a very minimalist, modern design to compliment the architectural style of the home. We used Blue Agave, Desert Spoon, Desert Willow, thornless Palo Verde, Italian Cypress, and rock mulch. The irrigation method was converted to drip irrigation.

This home located in north Fresno had a traditional landscape with mostly lawn and a perimeter of flowerbeds. Due to the elevation of the property, much of the lawn irrigation ran off onto the city sidewalk. The homeowners wanted a more California friendly landscape, while preserving 2 mature Japanese Maples. We removed the lawn and installed a small dry creek with low water use plants and drip irrigation.

This home located in Old Fig Garden had a traditional landscape with mostly lawn and a perimeter of flowerbeds. The homeowner wanted to transition the space to a waterwise landscape, eliminating the lawn and installing low water use plants attractive to pollinators. Following a spray program to kill the old lawn, the lawn was removed, the site graded for drainage, new plants, shade trees and drip irrigation installed.

This backyard was Fresno typical- grass in the center with a perimeter of landscape. We removed the lawn, and added a flagstone path and patio for a shaded seating area. Soil was imported to create low mounds. We potted an existing Japanese Maple and made it a focal point from the new patio. Colorful plants material is irrigated with a new drip system. Hummingbirds approved of the Salvias that were added.

This front yard was mostly grass with a very small flowerbed adjacent the residence. We removed all of the lawn and some existing plant material. Topsoil was imported to create mounds, Lemon Cove boulders were used to add interest. Drought tolerant plants used include Hesperaloe, Trailing Lantana, various Salvias, Thyme, Agave, Palo Verde Tree and Strawberry Tree. Hummingbirds were seen frequenting the Salvias and Hesperaloe. The landscape is irrigated with drip. Deco bark was used for mulch. This project won the City of Fresno 2013 Design Award for Drought Tolerant landscape.

Another traditional Fresno front yard that was mostly grass with small flowerbed perimeter. We removed the grass and all existing plant material. We imported topsoil to create elevation changes in an otherwise flat space. We reused the owners existing boulder and reset them in new locations. Drought tolerant plants used include Palo Verde, Strawberry and Desert Willow Trees, Thyme, Orchid Rockrose, Sagos, Lavender, Agapanthus. The lilac colored Verbena adds needed color contrast in the foreground. The landscape is irrigated with drip. Forest humus was used for mulch.

This backyard was the typical Fresno backyard with lawn and a flowerbed perimeter. The owners wanted to remove the lawn but weren’t sure what could be done in its place. During our first meeting, we determined that they wanted to add seating, a water feature, shade, drought tolerant plants, pots, and a pathway to access the large side yard. A raised composite deck was added off the rear patio, enlarging the amount of seating space. A pondless waterfall was incorporated near the raised deck where it could be seen and heard from many angles. A flagstone pathway leads from the raised deck and slowly meanders its way to the side yard. Scotch and Irish Moss are planted between the flagstone on the shaded side of the yard. A small patio cover was added at the master bedroom slider for shade. The T arbor adds an interesting architectural focal point that leads the eye through the space. Plant material includes Penstemon, Japanese Blood Grass (planted in pots to prevent spreading), Blue Fescue, Verbena, Dwarf Red Fountain Grass, Verbena, and annuals.

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