This is a less-is-more approach that I really like - with a gravel mulch you have an attractive background while the (undisturbed) plants have room to spread. Helichotrichon, sedum, thyme, with pebbles, large and small rocks. This is very well done.
gravel beds - upper back garden shade - this is the look we were going for at Susanna's
Sloped front yard garden by sidewalk with drought tolerant succulent tapestry lawn substitute, Schneck Garden
California native plant gardening and landscaping have tremendous positive impacts to our watersheds, to habitat recovery, and to curbing catastrophic wildfires. In particular, the resolution recognizes that home landscaping and gardening with native plants can cut residential water use from 60 to 90% over conventional gardening.
Three Dogs in a Garden: Joe's Garden: Part 1. A mix of perennials including several hosta, a Brunnera, a Heuchera and a Pulmonaria.
Gary Necci used mostly one-man rocks he could haul in and place himself to create planting pockets and steps up and down his steep West Seattle garden. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)