Encircling a sleek pool, this garden for a growing family offers comfortable spaces in which to play, relax and dine. New raised planters and containers overflow with citrus, herbs and colorful Mediterranean plantings. Synthetic turf provides a soft, inviting play place in a shady area of the yard. Photo by Martin Cox
Use Low-Water Plants as a Living Mulch
Mulch helps keep the soil cool and prevents water loss through evaporation. One trick for potted trees or shrubs is to use ground cover plants as a living mulch.
Choose plants that are low-water so that they don’t compete with the tree for too much moisture. The succulents planted below this orange tree, for example, help prevent the soil from losing water and look far more decorative than bare dirt. - gustafsss