It’s dry out there

A tall, spiky euphorbia, nicknamed “Cactus Man” by homeowners Susan Avallone and Carr D’Angelo, stands sentry near a spreading acacia on the side of their Sherman Oaks Western-style house. The couple have gone grass-less, abandoning the wide, park-like swath of green that once encircled the house in favor of more interesting and ecologically sound drought-tolerant plants.
(Mel Melcon / LAT)