A Commercial Property's Dry Garden
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.
The grid of Muhlenbergia makes a striking mass planting.
This 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!