Dry landscape options abound for cities like Houston, Texas
Houston gardeners like myself are opting for a different look than the unsustainable St. Augustine lawn. However, if you get around .50" of rainfall weekly in your area, then you can grow a lawn with very little supplemental watering. That has not been the case for Houston these last two summers.
This is now the second summer of watering this part of my front lawn. For the past 7 years I've been shifting to plants you'd find further west. Drought and higher summer temperatures are the driving forces behind this decision. Plus, it feels good to have a garden that can take care of itself!
Note: I'll keep the shadier areas of the lawn since they take much less water.
The red circles represent small boulders. Surrounding these will be gravel. The yellow areas will be coarse sand. For plants, I'm going to use a very low growing Ruellia and the beautiful silver gray licorice plant in that top photo. Both grow well in full sun. I'm keeping the plantings sparse.
Here's a close up of the textures.
I looped out the area I'm working on with a garden hose. I layed down some sample gravel along with the stones. When finished, they'll be partially sunk into the ground for a natural look.
I'm leaving an path of green between the two areas. All of the grass in the stone area will be removed and replaced with sand.
I'm also going to use larger gravel along the street to stop the sand from washing out. I'll take some of the topsoil and us it for potting soil.
This is the ground hugging Ruellia I'll use along with the silvery licorice plant seen in the top photo. It will have a Japanese rock garden look.
To see the finished project, click below:
To see an excellent and inspirational Dallas version of lawnless gardening, visit Plano Prairie Garden at
You might be surprised at how many birds and butterflies suddenly start appearing!
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