BEFORE: 1600 square feet of dead lawn.
Photo of job site in Carmel, California
AFTER: A DELIGHTFUL, LOW MAINTENANCE AND DROUGHT TOLERANT STROLL GARDEN
Photo mockup by Gardenwright.
INGREDIENTS: (per 200 square feet)
1 cubic yard of decomposed granite
1 Ceanothus 'Concha' or 'Carmel Creeper'
1 Westringia 'Wynnabie Gem'
1 Golden Euonymus
1 Grevillea (either 'Coastal Gem' or 'Magic Lantern')
1 Salvia 'Waverly'
1 'Tuscan Blue' Rosemary
3 Erigeron (Santa Barbara Daisy)
3 Ivy Geranium (any bright color)
1 comfy weatherproof bench
Generously apply pre-emergent herbicide such as Amaze to prevent the grass from resprouting.
For clay soil, add planting compost (but don't overamend; native plants prefer lean soil.)
Lay the decomposed granite over the entire area.
Plant in a meandering, curved pattern, leaving space in the center for a winding path.
Grab a mystery novel, a tall iced tea, and your sun hat and stroll to the bench to watch the hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the garden with you!