Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Anne & Francis’s Lawn Conversion


Professionally Designed & Installed Landscape

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The design for this backyard lawn conversion project was a collaboration between the homeowners Anne and Francis, the landscape architect Gary Marsh, and the landscape contractor John Hunt of Tierra Madre Landscaping.

A 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn with spray irrigation system was replaced with a rock stream bed, drought tolerant plants, and drip irrigation in an aesthetically pleasing landscape sculpture. Nestled atop a hill, the garden has lovely views of surrounding oak woodland.

Plant List

  1. Chondropetalum elephantum (Large Cape Rush)
  2. Cordyline australis ‘Firecracker’ (Festival Grass)
  3. Crocosmia ssp (Orange & Yellow Crocosmia)
  4. Dryoptesis erythrosora (Autumn Fern)
  5. Festuca ‘Siskyou Blue’ (Blue Oat Grass)
  6. Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Japanese Forest Grass)
  7. Lavandula ‘Hidecote’ (Hidecote Lavander)
  8. Lavandula ‘Provence’ (Provence Lavender)
  9. Limonium perezii (Sea Lavender)
  10. Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (Black Mondo Grass)
  11. Penesetum orientalis (Dwarf Fountain Grass)
  12. Penesetum rubrum (Red Fountain Grass)
  13. Polysticum setosum (Tassel Fern)
  14. Salvia guaranitica ‘Black & Blue’ (Black & Blue Sage)
  15. Silene ‘Duretts Varigated’ (Silene)
  16. Stipa tenuisima (Mexican Feather Grass)
  17. Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern)

Rock Stream Bed


A dry stream bed is a shallow swale lined with stone designed to slow and channel rainwater runoff to prevent erosion and flooding. River rock and other stones are placed in the channel to slow and sink storm water. The stream bed is usually lined with landscape fabric and pea gravel, and is designed to handle the capacity of a large storm. Beyond the practical function, a stream bed adds beauty to a garden. Numerous small planting niches occur among the border stones and a group of larger stones or boulders creates an outcrop, perfect for showcasing special plants. Flagstones can be installed to provide a footbridge across. Add interest by varying the size and color of the stones and creating gentle curves that mimic a natural stream.