Searches for this low-maintenance landscaping idea are up 99%

For some of us, spring showers and summer humidity bring lush green yards. For everyone (really, anyone living in California, Nevada, Arizona – anywhere with unprecedented dry weather), it can be increasingly difficult to keep lawns as lush as you want them to be. But rather than be disappointed every summer when your flower beds wilt and your grass gets crispy, consider making them heat resistant. According to Houzz’s 2022 Summer Trends Report, searches for drought-tolerant landscaping are up 99% from the same time last year. You do not know where to start ? Here are three ways to make sure your outdoor space always looks great…no matter the time of year.

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Photograph by Sara Liggoria-Tramp

An easy and durable alternative to laying sod or wildflower gardens is to cover the ground with large paving stones or gravel. Designer Jess Diab coated the floor of her client’s home in Los Angeles with a layer of small pebbles; it is now a cozy space to spend warm evenings. The trick is to test pebbles of different sizes to determine what feels best underfoot.

Ditch the watering can


Searches for this low-maintenance landscaping idea are up 99%
Photography and design by Dabito

Whether your area doesn’t get a ton of rainfall or you have water use restrictions, stock your garden with low-hydration happy plants like Dabito did here. Mexican sage, agave, and aloe always provide her California yard with plenty of visual interest and variety. Note: If you don’t like succulents, opt for local flora already accustomed to your home’s climate.

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Searches for this low-maintenance landscaping idea are up 99%
Photograph by Karyn Millet

Are you looking for as little maintenance as possible? Ditch the living greens entirely in favor of the synthetic alternative. Designer Raili Clasen’s lawn is covered in fire-resistant artificial turf, perfect for family petanque boules tournaments. Plus, there won’t be a single muddy footprint to clean or a sunken chair leg to lift off the floor.

Terri S. Tomasini