We have beautiful weather here in California,
but it's true it never rains!
We have been experiencing a drought for years.
Recently our area is requiring drastic cut backs on watering.
Putting limits on watering times and days
makes it impossible to
keep a lawn.
We made the decision to remove
about 25 percent of our grass in the backyard.
My before pictures were hard to see, but you get the idea.
We used spray paint to make our curve and just
started digging up the grass.
My husband capped off some sprinklers and left others.
We put down sand paths, and spaced out large stepping stones.
We filled in our path with pea gravel.
Then put down some planter mix.
I knew our plans in advance, so I have been
dividing my perennials and putting them in pots until we were ready.
Here is the same area 2 months later.
We added mulch to help save on water use.
My Lemon Balm and Lambs Ear plants are so happy!
This plant below was new to me this year-
Japanese Forget-Me- Nots
Nasturtiums do well in my garden.
We are looking forward
to having grapes, although they need a lot of water.
Feverfew is another perennial we love.
It grows well here. I love the tiny daisy-like flowers
Here is another path around my herb garden.
This pomegranate bush produces well,
but the best part is
it hides my neighbors basketball hoop.
We just added a dwarf Peach Tree.
When we get more rocks, we plan to continue the path.
Over in the Vegetable garden,
we are starting to have some cabbage.
This window box is under my kitchen window opposite the
We love Blackberries! I wish I had more
And Zucchini...there's plenty.
Lots and Lots of Kale-
Mini White Pumpkins and white corn
Mexican Sage and Hollyhocks
Here's another view.
I wanted to wait to share this post after
we received our water bill.
I am thrilled to say we were able to cut back on
our water bill and keep within our city reduction
The native and drought tolerant plants we have used
are very easy to maintain.
If you are interested I can share my list with you.
Thank you for taking the tour with me!
xo Lisa S