Show me the drought-tolerant alternatives to lawns

I’m a firm believer that we devote too much real estate, time, and resources to lawns – so it’s nice to have an alternative to point to for once. Here’s a stunning example of a drought-tolerant planting – in a “hell strip” no less. It’s primarily Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis) with several varieties of sedges. If all the hell strips in suburbia were planted this way you’d see a whole lot more people getting out of their cars and walking.

This image comes from, where the gardening and landscape stories are definitely worth checking out. If you’re interested in ecologically-friendly gardening, I recommend any of the stories written by Benjamin Vogt.