This low-water design is anything but dreary. It's a fabulous example of using contrasting textures for impact, especially in a small space. The needle-fine blue fescue grasses look soothing as a carpet beneath bold-shaped, red-tinged Kalanchoe, also known as paddle plant
Water Smarts: Foliage plants shine in this drought-tolerant garden. Many drought-tolerant plants offer less-showy blooms, but make up for it with interesting foliage, such as Japanese bloodgrass. Plants in curb strips catch water before it hits the street. Replace grass with drought-tolerant plantings, which also help prevent erosion. Shade can fight against water loss: Plants lose a lot of moisture from evaporation on hot days. Grasses and artemisia offer beautiful foliage in this bed.
Although plant selection is important, many people aren't aware of how necessary proper soil preparation is to a Xeriscaping project. The right kind of soil will keep plants cool, refrain from evaporating water and retain any excess moisture.