RIP OUT YOUR LAWN

Who needs . . . L A W N . . . anyway?

Oh no, not another drought year!  This has been a recurring West Coast headliner, off-and-on, for decades.  But this one means serious business.

If you are starting a new garden project, or if replacing your water consumptive lawn is on your “TO DO” list, here are a few ideas from Karen Aitken’s garden design team:

A simple, easy care, colorful ground cover blend of Gazanias and Verbenas

A simple, easy care, colorful ground cover blend of Gazanias and Verbenas

Check out your county water district rebates for lawn replacements.  Santa Clara Water District now offers up to a $2 per square foot rebate for trading in your lawn on low-water use plant alternatives.

www.valleywater.org . . . . for Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

http://wrasbc.isoars.com/programs.htm       . . .    for San Benito

www.sfwater.org    . . . . for San Francisco

www.montereywaterinfo.org/rebates  . . . .   for Monterey

The Santa Clara County Master Gardeners website has a plethora of plant advise:

http://www.mastergardeners.org/plant-dictionary

To inspire you, here are some of our favorite lawn replacement ideas.  These gardens consume just a fraction of the water required by a manicured Lawn:

. . . . A Succulent Garden . . .

Texture & Color compliments with Red Barberry and Agave

Texture & Color compliments with Red Barberry and Agave

  . . . . An Herb Garden . . .

Herb Garden with shade

Herb Garden border with Artichoke

 . . . . A Wildflower Meadow . . .

WIld Flower meadow at www.GambleGardens.org

WIld Flower meadow at www.GambleGardens.org

. . . . Lavender Garden . . .

Lavender rows and Pride of Madeira (Echium fastuosum) for low water use

Lavender rows and Pride of Madeira (Echium fastuosum) for low water use

A field of Lupine. . . it comes back every Spring

My field of Lupine. . . it comes back every Spring

Have you any lawn replacement strategies to share with us?  We would be happy to hear from you.

If we may help you in the planning of your next outdoor space, please drop us a line @ www.karenaitken.com

or  CALL  KAREN AITKEN @ (408) 842-0245

 

 

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