I started working on our front yard again this week. My original plan was to tackle this area over the summer, but LA has new water restrictions. It's a bad time to plant new greens even if they are draught tolerant. It's been a good thing because I've changed my mind about what I'd like to do in this space. Every time I get an issue of Sunset Magazine I have a new plan.
For now I'm just cleaning it up a bit so that in the fall the area will be prepped and ready to plant. Even though we can water twice a week I've decided not to water this area except in select places by hand. I'm not paying to water weeds.
Our only true survivors are the grasses and flax on the south side and the French lavenders, ficus, sage and nandina on the north side. The grasses and flax were a trade with our neighbor for two palm trees I didn't like.(you can see the hole where one palm use to be in the picture above) As expected they are struggling but coming back strong so they are my big concern and I'm trying to keep their area clean. The rest is a big fat ugly mess. We can be so white trash sometimes. We had two plastic bins of mulch on the front lawn since May!
The Fountain Grass and Purple Grasses trying to make a comeback.