Zero Lawn XeriscapeCraftsman Landscape, Houston
This cottage style garden is a wildlife habitat and a cutting garden affording spectacular views from inside. Layer upon layer of interest.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. A wildlife habitat. This Houston front yard doesn’t contain a blade of lawn grass. Instead, trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and evergreens make up this bungalow’s lush and fragrant front yard. A path and gathering area are also part of the plan. Owner and ardent gardener David Morello changes the color palette in the garden with annuals that he plants seasonally.
Gardens as a community space for human and animal. There are several traditional ways we experience gardens, mainly due to the way they are designed. These designs are handed down to us — and of course have evolved — from unique cultural concepts around the world: Japanese and Zen gardens that tend to shrink down the vistas beyond to smaller spaces, cloistered monastic gardens safe from the rest of the world, or Persian gardens full of lushness and cool respite. Though these are just a few broad examples, the message is clear: Traditional gardens are mainly personal spaces.As interest grows in pollinators, wildlife habitat, food forests and vegetable spaces, suddenly even the most private gardens are opening up to the wider world. As front yards are transformed, suburban and urban homes welcome passers-by into a new experience that doesn’t hold folks at arm’s-length, as large, formal lawns tend to do. Plants come right up to the sidewalk, as in this front yard in Houston, where nature tickles our senses and legs.