Friday, December 27, 2013

A Commercial Property's Dry Garden

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Rather than a lawn, this property went for a clumping-grass scheme.  Prostrate rosemary in the parkway strip, Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer grass) and Phormium in the main section backed with dark-leaved shrubs and Lophostemon confertus, a drought-tolerant tree from Australia.  The Muhlenbergia is native to parts of California and the American southwest. 
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The grid of Muhlenbergia makes a striking mass planting.   
Drought-tolerant commercial planting photo anolawn2471_zpsea4bedbe.jpgThis design likely uses far less water than a conventional lawn, and fossil fuel use is limited to a once-annual cut back of the Deer Grass.  Bravo! 

5 comments:

  1. I think most grasses -- even weedy thin ones -- make really nice mass plantings. :)

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    1. Or the big lavish grasses in your garden, Alan!

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  2. Love seeing people choose alternatives to lawn! And so much more interesting to look at.

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    1. They did a great job, didn't they? :)

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  3. It looks great, I love the colours and textures of decorative grasses.
    xoxoxo ♡

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