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A front yard walled patio features prominently in this design, along with a set of floating steps leading from street sidewalk to entry amidst multi-year old white rose trees. Wall hides a planter on top for cascading white Bush Morning Glories (Convolvulus cneorum) to soften and add a Mediterranean feel

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Using a single color and choosing drought-tolerant plants doesn't translate to dull—it can lead to some surprisingly refreshing textures and effects

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Plants are (clockwise): White Trailing Lantana; Silver Carpet (ground cover takes foot traffic); 'Elijah Blue' fescue; Foothill Sedge; 'Sonoma Coast' White Yarrow; Cape Thatching Reed (the only color permitted!)

Stunning, extensive dry creek bed moves excess water from back yard while providing water to surrounding plants through natural percolation

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