stone stepping stones in garden
Photo: Lisa Romerein
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4. Focus on water-thrifty perennials to provide color and texture

Low-growers cover the ground around stepping stones and shrubs, and soften the edges of hardscape areas. Says Vincent: "If I knew then what I know now, I'd have saved money by just walking and plucking." Today, passersby often ask to do just that, harvesting easy-to-root sprigs from his street-side succulents to stick in pots and grow at home.
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