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Drought-tolerant front yard in Palo Alto, CA

The owners of this Craftsman-style home wanted to transform their water-thirsty front yard into a sustainable landscape and improve its usability by replacing the old concrete path leading to the side yard (where bikes are stored) with a wider one, to improve transit.

The style of the new side path and the one leading to the front porch recalls that of the backyard (which we were designing at the same time).

Poured-in-place concrete pavers are separated by Black La Paz pebbles; the porch concrete floor was replaced by bluestone tiles in an Ashlar pattern.

The planting is a mixture of low maintenance, drought-tolerant plants, either California natives or other plants suitable to our Mediterranean climate.

Wood-chips prevent weeds growth and help retain water.

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