Garden Tour 2014

9. A Lawnless Life

This homeowner started removing their lawn several years ago. It started with merely expanding and enlarging planting beds every year until finally the lawn was gone!

The use of dry set walls of various materials to create terraced planting beds and a gravel path have added interest to what once was a predictable sloping corner lot. The homeowner has created seasonal interest with the use of spring bulbs, flowering trees (Magnolia soulangeana) and shrubs (Loropetalum), a variety of perennials and the occasional use of annuals. Year round interest is created with the use of variegated plant material such as Euonymous fortunei ‘Harlequin’ and evergreen shrubs with colored foliage such as Nandina domestica ‘Nana’. The edible landscape has been introduced with the Satsuma Mandarin in the entry planter.

Although not every plant in this front yard composition is drought tolerant, the combined removal of lawn and introduction of drought tolerant groundcovers and other less thirsty perennials such as Salvia has made this garden one to admire.

I think this homeowner is happy to live a ‘lawnless’ life!

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