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Jim McCausland

Lawn-free tapestry in Seattle

Lawns demand about an inch of water each week during the growing season. That was too much for Seattle-based landscape designer Stacie Crooks of Crooks Garden Design. She knew she could create a traffic-stopping tapestry of plants that would survive on half the water.

So one spring, she ripped out much of her lawn and replaced it with a mixture of perennials and shrubs.

Get Crooks's plant palette

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