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Photo Gallery: A change in the scenery

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Lawns have been a dominant part of the American landscape since the 1930s, offering cool beauty and lush turf that extends the living area outdoors. But with a shortage of rainfall, more people are considering replacing grass with drought-tolerant options. (Kirk McKoy / LAT)
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Fran and Bill Arrowsmith converted half of their backyard in Torrance into a native plant garden with a wending dirt path. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
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The Arrowsmiths’ smaller lawn area merges naturally with the 1,100-square-foot native plant garden, which displays a muted palette of pinks, purples and yellows. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
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Contrasting tufts of native grasses complement the trimmed lawn in the Arrowsmiths’ backyard. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
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Coral bells, or heucheras, are a native plant with delicate white and pink flowers. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
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The Arrowsmiths say the success of their backyard native garden, with its profusion of greens and wildflower hues, has inspired them to replace the turf in the frontyard. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
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Peg Pollino switched to a low-water landscape with seasonal color and a stone path for the front of her Westchester home, guided by landscape designer Douglas Kent. (Douglas Kent)
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The rich palette and low maintenance of native plants, such as those selected by Peg Pollino, offer a strong alternative to the classic lawn. (Douglas Kent)
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