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Think of growing a yard this way: mostly gravel (and no sprinklers) but instead wide-spreading plants that can have water efficient water-dripper systems installed.

A garden of succulents about 8 months after being first planted, for a garden in the Oakland Hills. The largest plants were already in the garden, while all the smaller succulents were either added or moved around in the garden to achieve more dramatic effects. The Pincushion Protea at the top of the slope is incredibly happy in this setting, and almost sets the slope on fire with the sheer quantity of blooms. There are also a few California natives in this front garden, including…