Here is another wonderful example of switching out water hogging turf for water conserving plants. Echoing the look of a stream running through the yard, the landscape architect, Jack Kiesel, used soft edges and varying layers of plants to create the visual illusion of depth that clearly isn't there in the "before" shot and to offset the hard lines of the home. This design certainly gives the eye a lot more to be exited by than a flat plot of sod.
The design literally flows to the driveway by incorporating the same pavers and small bunch grass to give the entire space visual and thematic continuity.
Jack Kiesel's firm, Kiesel Design, has graced the pages of Sunset, The Los Angeles Times and Wine Country Living with their residential and commercial projects.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 07.22.11 - NM)