This first Front Yard, with a distinctive Modernist feel, is very successful. The materials work well together. The warmth of the wood slats on the house balance the large spaced slabs of concrete with pebbles for the drive. The plants are beautifully balanced, and in scale with each other and the property. Textures and colors contrast and repeat.
The second Front Yard uses this row of Agaves underplanted with Senecio, two of the same succulents as used in the first yard, to add interest to the front lawn. It's simple and pretty.
The broken jug is a nice touch.
Here's an admirable effort to create a drought-resistant parking strip, but it just doesn't work from a design standpoint. I provide two views of the same strip.
|Don't Do This!|
|Don't Do This!|
Here is a simple front yard which uses a limited number of Cacti and Agave to create a Southwestern feel. The prickly plants are set far enough in from the sidewalk and drive. It works, there's a nice balance between elements. It compliments the house, and is admirably low-maintenance and low-water.
The front yard of this turquoise house showcases a much more complicated composition, and one of the most beautifully designed drought-resistant front yards I've seen in Los Angeles. This is an expertly painted work of art. I include two more photos to showcase the details.
The tall cacti rise weightlessly from the ground, like kelp floating in the sea, rooted by the weight of the barrel cacti at their feet. The interplay between height and ground cover is optimal.
I've heard people say while passing this yard that they "don't usually like cacti."
A well-designed and beautifully executed garden can make anyone take notice, and appreciate beauty in places they may have never expected to find it.