I have a client in Costa Mesa, CA that wanted to go a different more sustainable route to designing his garden. He did not want the cookie cutter landscape that is not even earth friendly. This meant thinking outside the box and coloring outside the lines. As you can see in the before picture the garden is full of lawn and more lawn and more water sucking lawn.
The end result is a California native, sustainable garden that suits the clients every lifestyle. The plants are California natives with the exception of some existing plants. There is a small area of California native Carex pansa
The hardscape is a permeable products made by Vast. The actual tiles are made from recycled materials and because it's not mortared in the seams become permeable. The rainwater harvesting system is from Bushman.
In this case the decomposed that is used as lawn for the dog and the clients little girl. granite was used as mulch to add a pop of color to the garden. Yes typically decomposed granite is used as paving but it can be used as mulch. It comes in a wide variety of colors and can have the same affect as typical bark mulch. This is nice for gardens that are monotone in color and need a bit of pizazz. KRC Rock sells a variety of decomposed granite colors or if you don't like a standard color them you can have one custom made.