A Lawnless Front Yard With Natives And Succulents
My favorite lawnless front yards are those that provide some view of the home itself. To me a lot of large shrubs that obscure the home creates an unkept look. Given a quick glance, a lot of large shrubs may imply the area is neglected and overgrown. I am not saying that all of the plantings should be low or sheared, but that they acknowledge the existence of the house on the property. There is also something to be said for security: visibility of doors and main windows from the street is better from that perspective.
I very much like the plant selection in this front yard, which include Agaves, Hesperaloes, and other succulents mixed in with California natives and a few other Mediterranean selections. It's been established for several years, and its time for a little maintenance. The rosemary in the hellstrip is beginning to encroach on the sidewalk, for example.
A magnificent and imposing Agave guards the front door. It is probably at least 9' (3 M) tall and wide.
Obscuring the home a bit too much is a beautiful Arctostaphylos. It may be a species that in time becomes an airy small tree; then it will no longer be an obstruction, and improve the look.
The river rock provides good contrast, but the grey colors seem slightly out of place, although it matches the color of the home and its roof. I believe the native stone of the area is a yellow-bronze.
Romneya is always going to get huge and exuberant.
A Ceonothus takes the foundation area behind the Romneya.
At the southwest corner of the property is a mature Quercus agrifolia, with a Chondropetalum at its base.
Next door, the home is planted in the standard style of the past. Which do you like better?