If you are looking for an ultimate garden that’s green all year long– try a succulent garden.  Succulent gardening is hands down low maintenance and low watering.  Not familiar with succulents?  Succulent plants are characterized by thick, water-storing leaves or steams.  These beauties are softer than cacti and most of them don’t have spines. 

Just as every person is unique, everyone has the opportunity to have their landscape reflect their individuality…a place where the unique personality and taste of the owners can shine.

The homeowners requested no lawn, almost no maintenance, as little watering as possible without the irrigation system, kids friendly and year round interest curb appeal.  The solution was to create a visually pleasing front yard with succulent garden that has an uncomplicated layout.

This small front yard has everything with the function (in some cases, multifunction), is practical, and reflects personal taste.  The landscape incorporates a multi-functional outdoor living space for family entertaining, block parties and a summer hangout place for movie nights and fire pit with s ‘mores for the kids.

Once the lawn was removed, there was plenty of area to build a courtyard garden.  We enhanced front yard landscaping with a short stucco wall courtyard to separate the private and public areas to define this outdoor room.  The higher private area creates a separate courtyard entertaining area and gives more privacy making the space much more functional than an open front lawn.

The exterior walls of the home provide the backdrop for the garden, painted in strong but subtle earth tones to compliment the plants and garden. Succulents are perfect plants for this Southern California area and the home provides the perfect setting for the beautiful sidewalk-level succulent garden. These fascinating plants provide exciting visual interest with their multitude of colors, sizes and shapes year round. Seasonal blooms are simply an added bonus.  There’s no lawn to mow or flowers to fuss, but it still has plenty of greenery.

Landscaping is more than just the plants.  Permanent raised planters, bench seating and retaining wall are all made from concrete. These elements define the space and give it solidity. 

A custom succulent vertical living wall art is an unexpected focal point of landscape front yard designs.  Unusual specimen plants in the container gardening make lovely eye candy.  The homeowners find passersby frequently stop at their front yard to admire the landscaping from the street. 

The plants used in this succulent garden are mostly unusual: Aloe bainesii, Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripe', Agave desmettiana, Aeonium 'Cyclops', Euphorbia mauritanica, Euphorbia loricata, Cercidium 'Desert Museum', Melaluca incana, Aloe cameronii, Aloe plicatilis, Pedilanthus bracteatus, Pedilanthus macrocarpus, Agave gypsophia, Crassula radicans and many others.