Our Front Yard: Before And After (A Xeriscaped Makeover)

Check out that lush, vibrant landscape.

Oooooh was our front yard ever not good. My favorite part was the enormous potted (and dead) tree tethered to the roof to prevent it from dropping straight to the ground. In second place was the red mulch surrounding the enormous (also dead) bush next to my garage.

Enter: a xeriscaper I found on Thumbtack. What is xeriscaping, you ask? Excellent question; I didn’t know, either. Basically, it means taking out plants that need bunches of water and replacing them with ones that are drought-resistant, thereby lowering or eliminating entirely the amount of supplemental watering that your yard requires. It’s also (in my opinion) very pretty.

Our yard makeover is over on Design Sponge today if you’d like to check it out. 

P.S. If you missed my home makeover video series, here it is!


  • Violetisfake

    I’m confused about the use of “an” here. Xeriscaping, to my knowledge, is pronounced “zeer-eh-scaping.” Why the “an xeriscaping” and not “a xeriscaping?” This is a real question, not shadiness. 🙂

    • jordanreid

      lol. ahhh, i have no idea. i think you’re right, though – when i say it out loud, it’s definitely “a xeriscaping.” i’ll change it.

  • jesseteresap

    I love it! As a fellow Californian, thank you for being so thoughtful about our water. Not everyone with a yard does the same. Also, I’m from New Mexico originally and you’re pretty much looked down upon if your yard is NOT xeriscaped.

  • foursixtwo

    I live in the Bay Area, too, and my house has the same look as your “before” picture – lots of red mulch surrounding scraggly bushes that aren’t handling the drought well. Guess it was the popular thing to do, once upon a time?

    Unfortunately, we rent, so we can’t change it up – but I’m 100% sure that if I did own a house here, xeriscaping would be one of the first things on our to-do list. Frankly, I’m a little annoyed at my landlord for not doing it, both because I have a conscience about my water use and because I pay the water bill. It leaves me with an unpleasant set of options: either I let his hideous plants die, thus saving water but looking like the tenant from hell, or I waste way too much water and money keeping them (barely) alive.

    But for all that, at least he didn’t saddle me with a dead potted tree tied to the roof, Jesus.