Lush Lawns Still a Possibility

Those who want a lawn this summer despite water cutbacks can still find a variety of acceptable, low-maintenance and non-thirsty alternatives:

* Yarrow: The most versatile and popular drought-tolerant lawn substitute. Considered a succulent plant, and therefore fire resistant, it is under 18 inches in height, takes foot traffic and grows flowers that can be cut back occasionally or mowed.

* Paved walkways, terraces or stepping stones with various species of low-growing plants in between. Decomposed granite is recommended over concrete.

* A native olive tree or other shade tree with container plants, perennial beds, varieties of hardy ground cover or low shrubs.

* Native grasses: Taller, soft, upright and once indigenous. Now in favor in more rural areas of the Valley.

From June 26 through 30, the foundation will have its yearly inventory sale, offering a hefty selection of plants. Members receive a 10% discount, and those who wish to join before the sale can attend a sale preview on June 22 and 23.

The Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For directions and general information, call (818) 768-1802.

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