outdoor landscaping with lush perennials
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4. Focus on water-thrifty perennials to provide color and texture

A low-maintenance garden means forgoing annuals and plants that need to be coddled. "I always tell people, ‘Don't plant anything that needs to be swapped out," says Vincent. Because of the region's hot, dry climate and water restrictions, the Ocampos used a lot of native plants and succulents.
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