Mediterranean Landscape in Bonita


This front yard transformation from former lawn is a great example of xeriscape in San Diego. The site included a slope in front of the house and a slope on the side of the driveway. The homeowners were ready to let go of the lawn in favor of various drought tolerant plants and some rock features. A pathway of some flagstones created some pathways for circulation in the front yard. And using some cobble stones on site offered a simple swale and quasi dry creek bed feature.

On the slope itself the design specified the use or rock roses, rosemary and echiums to hold the soil from any erosion. Closer to the sidewalk and in between flagstones, silver carpet or dymondia blankets otherwise bare soil to create a literal carpet. This plant will atypically choke out any weed growth as well as it grows and knits together like a Berber carpet. Other agaves, aloes and aeoniums all pair well with the other plant material in the design.

Taller elements of a trio of mid-sized crape myrtles frame one section of the upper yard. More color was achieved with other succulents such as gold sedum, kalanchoes, and deep burgundy aeoniums. Chinese fountain grass creates a subtle backdrop to contrast of the other plant materials. And to attract wildlife, butterfly bush is featured to attract butterflies and red yucca to draw hummingbirds. Other sages would welcome both as well.