Leave Space to Entertain - A great way to give your yard a more welcoming feel is to add a patio. Just like the front porches of days gone by, you can sit back and wave to neighbors while enjoying a cold glass of lemonade on a summer evening. ~ Decorate your front yard patio with a skirt of flowers or a small hedge to help it seem more intimate and enclosed -- without making an unfriendly barrier.
-- Make pathways from a porous material, such as gravel, instead of non-permeable concrete so soil can absorb some water before it runs off. -- Ornamental grasses offer color and structure in this drought-resistant garden. -- Purple catmint and allium edge the gravel path in this flowerbed.