When you need to ditch the lawn due to low-water conditions, opt for native plantings
“The secret to any water-smart garden,” says Grace, “is playfulness. Play with plant textures and beautiful mulches. And keep the plantings undemanding.”
Which these certainly are. “It takes two guys a half-day once a month to tidy the grasses and refresh mulch,” says Grace. Most of the plants need irrigating only during August through October. For the other nine months
of the year, the irrigation is turned off for everything but the fruit trees.
DESIGN Garden: Margie Grace, Santa Barbara; gracedesignassociates.com. Home: Michelle Kaufmann, Novato, CA;