Creeping thyme at the bottom of a gravel path helps prevent water. Ornamental grasses offer color and structure in this drought-resistant garden. Purple catmint and allium edge the gravel path in this flowerbed.
This was thirsty lawn, azaleas, and camellias before the owners hired Bernard Trainor to redesign their Palo Alto garden. Now it's full of beautiful succulents and other water-thrifty plants, plus entertaining and play spaces.