A colorful, sustainable and budget-conscious garden in Laguna Niguel
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An imaginative home garden( Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times )
Eventually the Halls developed a taste for contemporary design. In the front, where Mediterranean plants were dying or overgrown, the Halls switched to agaves, senecio and other low-maintenance, easy-to-propagate succulents with shallower roots and meager water requirements.
They replaced the thirsty front lawn with two large raised vegetable beds made of long-wearing redwood planks. The couple even enjoyed a few ears of the corn from stalks that screened the living room window.
For a more informal look, the front flagstone path was converted to concrete pavers set in pea gravel. The little round stones rolled around too much, so they were replaced with crushed gravel, which is rougher on bare feet but stays put better.