Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Rohnert Park Lawn Conversion


Lawn Free Showcase for Rohnert Park

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This highly visible corner lot in a residential community was a turf conversion to a drought tolerant, low maintenance landscape that features California native and Mediterranean plants. The garden is a haven for butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects. Herbs, including several sages, rosemary, and thyme were added to provide aromatic qualities in the garden, aesthetics, and practical use in the kitchen as well. A lemon tree was also installed as to provide produce. A small amount of permeable decomposed granite and flagstone paving was installed to improve circulation from the garden to the City sidewalk. The garden provides visual interest through the colors and textures of the plant palette during the entire year, and a striking example of Russian River/Bay Friendly landscape practices.

This is a front yard in a quiet residential street that can be viewed from the street and sidewalk.

Landscape Professional
Steve Kovanis
Firma Design Group

Plant List


  1. Citrus ‘Meyers Improved Lemon’ (Meyer Lemon)
  2. Olea ‘Swann Hill’ (Olive)


  1. Carpenteria californica (Bush Anemone)
  2. Ceanothus ‘Julia Phelps’ (California Lilac)
  3. Lavandula ‘Hidcote’ (Lavender)
  4. Phormium ‘Maori Chief’ (New Zealand Flax)


  1. Achillea ‘Terra Cotta’ (Yarrow)
  2. Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ (Dwarf Coreopsis)
  3. Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ (Spurge)
  4. Osteospermum ‘Orange’ (African Daisy)
  5. Penstemon ‘Firebird’ (Beard Tongue)
  6. Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
  7. Thymus x citriodorus (Lemon Thyme)


  1. Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)
  2. Chondropetalum tectorum (Cape Rush)
  3. Festuca californica (California Fescue)
  4. Festuca ‘Siskiyou Blue’ (Blue Fescue)
  5. Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass)


Russian River Friendly Landscaping Principles and Practices

Landscape for Less to the Landfill

Reducing waste starts with not generating it in the first place. Selecting the right plants for the right place, as well as watering and fertilizing judiciously are important ways to reduce the tons of plant debris that are generated annually.

Reusing plant trimmings as mulch, grasscycling, and using compost improves soils, creates healthier landscapes and in addition, keeps materials out of local landfills.

Russian River FLG LogoMaterial use is an important factor in the landscape. Using recycled content, salvaged, durable or local materials conserves resources and can reduce the amount of embodied energy that is consumed by the landscape.

Landscaping for less to the landfill will help you create a beautiful, relatively trouble free landscape that yields years of benefits for you, your client and the Russian River Watershed.

  1. Select appropriate plants
  2. Keep plant debris on site
  3. Prune selectively and properly
  4. Water and fertilize judiciously
  5. Use goats or sheep for controlling weeds and creating firebreaks
  6. Use salvaged items & recycled content materials
  7. Reduce and recycle waste
  8. Separate plant debris for clean green discounts