Losing the lawn: Sunset photo gallery

jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)April 22, 2011

This was published in today's SF Chronicle. If you're a Sunset subscriber, you may have already seen some or most of these photos. They're a good reminder that even though the drought is officially over, there are many more interesting designs for your front yard than a lawn, no matter which Western climate you live in.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rethinking your yard: 20 ways to lose the lawn

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

I love Sunset magazine, I'm a two-generation subscriber, but really nice to see the link and flip through all the gorgeous photos with additional links for info about some of the gardens. I have over an acre, and have two very tiny strips of lawn out front, more for color and to break up our lanscaping, and a small square of lawn in the back again, just for color. The rest is planted in nearly all water-wise plants on drip. After working on our sprinkling system, fixing leaks, and switching some areas to drip I was able to bring our water bill down by about 50%. Thanks for sharing, jkmom.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 11:18AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Beautiful. I would love to have any one of these yards, but I think the cost of the materials alone would be more than my lifetime gardening budget :)

Actually, there were three yards that had great ideas for those of us without a big budget for hardscape. I especially liked the little one with the green bunch grasses- so simple, yet so inviting.

Renee

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 10:55PM
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