Many areas around the country continue struggling to survive despite being in the throngs of an ongoing drought. The lack of seasonal moisture means that numerous communities have instilled watering restrictions in an effort to conserve resources. Weather condition is one of the reasons that many homeowners begin contemplating a redesign in landscape. Other factors may include a desire to escape the traditional upkeep needed to nurture a conventional lawn. With a little research, property owners find that there are various alternatives to grass lawns that suit any type of budget.
Anyone ever having traveled by plane recalls how terrain often resembles patchwork when flying overhead. This pattern is easily replicated using a variety of plants grouped together, or perhaps separated with closely cropped hedges or other dark greenery. Choose plants featuring different shades of green, gold or silver for a striking display. Corsican mint, oregano or thyme are options if desiring a pleasant fragrance and they are edible. Conversely, yards might feature a combination of mulch or stepping stones separated by plants that stay close to the ground. Yards might also feature a combination of flowering or green plants strategically placed among rocks, boulders or shrubs. [Read more…]