Lawnless Front Yard #12
This nearby home was converted to the lawn free look this past week. It caught my attention before the conversion, because the landscaping consisted of the lawn, a clump of three birches in one corner, a huge, thriving native Romneya coulteri, and nothing else. The lawn was removed, the birches left untouched, and the Romneya was split into to pieces and replanted. For some reason known only to the landscaper, a meandering DG path diagonally across the area crosses a meandering dry streambed via a dinky little wooden bridge. Dry stream beds seemed popular in early lawn free designs; now not as much. Perhaps a There's-a-drainage-problem-so-we-really-had-to-get-rid-of-the-lawn-and-add-a-streambed idea helped with neighborly relations back when the lawn free style first appeared. Now it seems a little quaint and possibly unnecessary. Or they had a lot of rocks. Or there was a drainage problem.
A Lagerrstroemia behind a Salvia--greggii, maybe:
Stream bed of imported river rocks and DG path.
A Penstemon, a dripper, and a rock in the hell strip:
The existing Birch trees were left as is:
There are a couple of mounds rising abruptly from level ground. A little too abruptly. I think that's a manzanita on the mound.
The tree is a...native elderberry? Not sure.
I think the plantings are incomplete. It does look a little blank, even for a newly planted area of California natives. I will check back and see if more plants go in next week.