We went to the rock store to look at rocks as a possible edging for the front slope. Across the street was an interesting commercial landscape.
A xeriscape edged by artificial turf.
Why did they do this?
The Stipa (Nasella) tenuissima got a haircut, too.
Plants were supplied with drip tubes, so they were getting some irrigation.
The plant palette was small considering the amount of area, but it worked well.
Bougainvillea, probably 'San Diego Red'
There were also several mature Liquidambar trees undoubtedly planted several decades before the recent remodel. In addition, there was a lone Phoenix roebelenii, perhaps from another remodel. If you ignore the artificial turf, for a commercial landscape it is really quite good. Eventually the Lantana and Bougainvillea will build up and be sheared into cubes, but that won't happen for a few years.
Don't blame the designer for the artificial turf. This city may have mandated some percentage of turf but when asked, allowed artificial.
Trimmed those bunches, too. Were the workers knowledgeable enough to want to reduce reseeding, or did they think that looked better?
My guess is that the Agave chopping was so they could get at the drip tubing. There were irrigation flags around, which landscapers here use to mark irrigation areas needing attention.
Metal "Agaves" in pots by an entry door
Unless they are really metal...uhh..err...em...Hyacinths?!?
If you are going to do that to an Agave, americana is a good choice. In our area it is a rampant offsetter than quickly forms an unattractive mass. In other colder or drier climates it is better behaved.
Hacked like this, it looks strangely cool.
Decomposed Granite vs plastic lawn.
The design looked better on the area fronting a side street because that area had no strip of plastic lawn. The green of the "lawn" was unnaturally vivid and a strange contrast to the muted, bluish, bronzed, and grey-greens of the xeric plants
On the area fronting the main street, a wide swath of stone meandered around the trees. They must be blowing fallen leaves out of the stones for quite a while in late autumn.
Formerly the area was probably Bermuda grass and junipers, a standard late 1970's combination. Across the street was this:
At the rock store, we picked up a few sample stones to consider. The samples are smaller in size than what I was thinking of using. (Small samples were easier to carry home). The one on the right...
...seems very similar to what can be found on our property by digging. Using stone of a color very similar to what is found in the area looks more natural than something exotic.
Whether or not stone would make a good edging, I'm hesitant. We would use larger stones, and not just an edging of one, but a strip of several of them wide...but it wouldn't look right, would it? Better than artificial turf, perhaps, but not by much. People would be thinking, maybe: why did they do this?