Plants for the front yard

January 6, 2014
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2. Contemporary Rain Garden
Location:
Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles
Size: 1, 000 square feet (92.9 square meters)
Designer: Tom Rau Landscape Architecture

Bobbie Allen’s nearly 1-year-old front yard not only consumes less water than it did when it was a lawn, it cleans water as well. Landscape architect Tom Rau designed much of the sloping front yard as a basin that captures, cleans and percolates rainwater that drains off Allen’s nearly-2, 000-square-foot roof. The first three-quarters of an inch or so of water that falls percolates through the basin, being cleaned by the soil and plants as it replenishes the groundwater. “That’s what they call the first flush, ” Rau says. After the first flush, which washes all the dirt and debris off the roof into the garden, clean water overflows the basin and runs along the stone swale into the storm drain at the street.

The plants in and around the basin of the rain garden were selected for their water tolerance, with those in the middle of the basin able to handle both drought and water inundation. Grasses that can handle some water grow on the sides, and purple needle grass (Stipa pulchra), California’s state grass, grows on top. ‘Timeless Beauty’ desert willows (Chilopsis linearis ‘Timeless Beauty’) on either side of the basin provide habitat for birds.

Plants shown: ‘Blonde Ambition’ blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’), ‘Dana Point’ California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum ‘Dana Point’), desert agave (Agave deserti var. deserti), ‘Timeless Beauty’ desert willow (Chilopsis linearis ‘Timeless Beauty’), purple needle grass (Stipa pulchra)

Source: www.houzz.com



Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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