With a record-setting drought affecting California and other areas of the country also being increasingly water conscious, more and more attention is being paid to landscaping and gardens that are designed with water, or a lack thereof, in mind. Though drought-friendly landscaping may call to mind non-descript groups of cacti and boring brush, thanks to the below examples, we know that low-water doesn’t have to mean low-style. Utilising a mix of sculptural and textural low-water plants, smart ground cover, and large stones, the below spaces have us freshly inspired. Keep scrolling to see for yourself.
Inspired to remove the grass from her own home’s yard, designer Karen Fabian replaced the lawn with low-water plants that reminded her of the landscaping at her family’s home in france. Plant selections include olive trees, lavender, and bougainvillea, mixed with gravel and decomposed granite used for walking surfaces.
A vast variety of texture, colour, shape, and height make this garden of cacti, succulents, and native plants visually arresting.
Located in a drought-plagued region of Australia, this dry garden, which according to Gardenista is only watered four times a year, is open to the public and features hundreds of various flowers, trees, and plants imported from climates with hot summers and mild winters.
Though you may be accustomed to seeing boxwood in more mild climates that often experience rain, the plant is surprisingly drought-tolerant and thrives in sun and shade. Potted versions in a gravel courtyard are a beautiful way to add greenery to a dry environment.
This maximalist garden features a variety of architectural and sculptural plants placed in close proximity resulting in a layered and unique design. The mix of plant heights and shapes keeps the eye moving and the subtle variations in colour help create depth.
Interior and landscape designer Karen Fabian opted for layers of California-friendly plants in this terraced, Mediterranean-inspired front yard.