This house and landscape suffered from multiple personalities–Asian, Santa Fe, ranch–before both were remodeled. The first move was taking out a 3,000 square foot circle drive and replacing it with a buffalo grass lawn. Growing only to 8 inches, the lawn never needs mowing, watering or fertilizing. The rest of the property is planted with a mix of drought-tolerant and colorful native and adapted plants. In 2009, the yard won the Dallas Water Utilities Waterwise Landscape contest.
At the entry, five-foot ‘crop’ rows were laid out to recall the site’s past life as a cotton field. Muhly grass, autumn sage, feather grass and roses create movement and interest all year. A gravel garden planted with a bosque of cedar elms offers a tranquil place to sit and greet the neighbors.