Water wisdom saves irrigation dollars Style and practicality determined the design of this water-conserving garden in Clovis, California. For owner, the distinctively Southwestern house style suggested a less thirsty garden to match. But the real issues ― a costly water supply, serious soil problems, and the hot, dry summers of the San Joaquin Valley ― were the clinchers.
Small privacy deck with wall of hanging modern planters of herbs, with lawn grass rectangles and Heuchera plants in flower, with stone walk patio, sunny blue sky and puffy white clouds, white patio furniture, garden with flowers, hedge, birch trees Betula
Big on features, not on grass Bridges, islands, and a shaded fireplace add plenty of whimsical details to this Albuquerque backyard—no water necessary. And a smattering of carefully chosen drought-resistant plants offer just enough no-fuss greenery to create a lush feel. Read more: Southwestern garden escape Photo: Steven A. Gunther, Sunset.com