In drought times, here are tips on how to create a tranquil, low-water zen garden. (Photo: Sunset/Thomas J. Story)
The marquee exhibit for our 2015 Celebration Weekend event, this tranquil space proves that a yard can still encompass outdoor living even in times of drought. A backyard cottage has a high squeal factor, but that’s not the only reason to build one. For an installation at Sunset’s 2015 Celebration Weekend event, we remodeled a small structure, the kind of place that homeowners all over the West are using as guest cottages or rentals (think extra income and grass-roots housing relief). Around it, we designed a low-water yard where calm reigns—and the lawn isn’t missed.