Grass can be a drain on your city’s water resources. If you are in the middle of the drought, or just looking for something unique you may want to consider some of these great yard ideas to replace your green grass.
This is the perfect solution for those Californians who are looking to banish their grass. Create a low retaining wall of flagstone, and replace you plants with drought resistant plants. This makes your yard look like a South African safari. Stunning!
Another fantastic way to incorporate rocks. Use flagstones and gravel to create the perfect walkway.Of course, there is still lots of greenery, but this definitely requires less than grass would.
This is perfect for those who live in areas like Seattle. Replace your grass with gorgeous perennials and shrubs. Believe it or not, as great as this looks, it requires HALF the amount of water needed to maintain grass. A stunning idea from Sunset.
Create a bohemian sitting space with colorful pillows, edgy benches, and a warm fire pit. Consider incorporating a bronze fountain like the one pictured.
Create a checkerboard like patter with stones and gravel. You could absolutely play human checkers on this, or you could just admire the scenery and sit in a chair! The plants surrounding the checkerboard, are low maintenance and require even less water.
This isn’t a grass free idea, or a water saving idea, but it is a great idea for those looking for a unique way to landscape around a pool.
Image from Workday Weekend.
This has a bit of grass, but not enough to cause an issue with watering. The pergola and the stone fireplace could be a great way to make your backyard look more inviting. This would be a lovely place to entertain!
You can incorporate grass in your landscaping, without having a lawn. The types of grass used in this landscaping option require very little water. A great xeriscape idea!
The thick wooded trees look great with the different shaped stones. Add some color to the area with pots and lawn furniture.
For the artist within, arrange stones and bricks into fun patterns in your backyard. Use a variety of stones to create a desert vibe.