Beautiful Backyard Gardens That Use Less Water

You can have a breathtaking backyard garden that is both low maintenance and eco-friendly. At Cutting Edge, we specialize in cultivating personalized spaces that utilize native plants, hardscaping, and xeriscaping techniques to bring our clients a space that transforms their yard into an oasis.

These low-water landscaping ideas are just a few of the possibilities we can implement to help turn your ideas into your reality.

Cacti Garden

succulent garden, many colors

Cacti are strong, eye-catching, and resilient. They can thrive in Southern California’s sunny climate, and their variance in scale and color can be optimized to function as focal points or complementary plants.

Accentuate your cacti with gravel, stones or colored glass. Paired with a variety of grasses and agaves, a succulent garden is ideal for anyone who wishes to enhance their yard without any significant renovation or irrigation.


A xeriscape garden is the pinnacle of minimalist landscaping. Popular throughout the West Coast’s arid climates, this design is rooted in utilizing the natural space to create a relaxing, simple garden. Cool, pale rocks and stones, low water-use plants, and mulch can be used to create a masterpiece without negatively impacting the environment or requiring a major overhaul.

Routine maintenance is required to keep your xeriscape in peak condition, but the flora and materials we use are all easy to tend and require little intervention to thrive.

Dry Stream Garden

dry stream with rocks and flowers

You can capture the beauty of a natural stream flowing through your garden using large stones in the color of your choosing. Dry streams combine pebbles and rocks with some native foliage to recreate one of nature’s most timeless scenes.

Your dry stream can be scaled to suit your garden and aesthetic preferences. Create a captivating stream filled with eye-catching stones or use a more subtle, nature-based design that accentuates your landscape. Artificial grass can also be placed nearby to capture the vibrance of lush greenery without requiring any of the soil or water.

Trees and Hanging Lanterns

Imagine dining al fresco beneath a stunning tree, shimmering with the warm glow of glass or paper lanterns. We could plant a tree or two that will grow with your family and not cause any property damage with age. We’re also able to hand-select fruit trees that thrive in Southern California including vibrant guava, pineapple, and pear trees.

Along with your plant selection, another beautiful idea is to design a low-water garden with atmospheric elements such as lanterns and rock sculptures.

Start Designing Your Dream Garden with our Professionals

Cutting Edge Landscape Design can help you craft an outdoor space that truly feels like an extension of your home. Contact us today to learn more about our sustainable xeriscaping and other low-maintenance, low-water landscaping, and hardscaping designs.