Drought Tolerant

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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