more about: succulents

Lose the Lawn: before and after in Newport Beach, CA

When you live in Newport Beach, California, the ocean is a part of life. “We spend a ton of time in the water—either at the beach or on our boat,” says homeowner Dandy O’Shea. Back home, though, her family’s backyard—a bland patch of grass—didn’t reflect this lifestyle. So they hired garden designer Molly Wood to transform the spot into a beachy retreat.

10 surprising low-water plants

We’re all looking for low-water, easy-care plants these days. Beyond the usual suspects of cacti and succulents, there are plenty of plants that take less water than you might expect. Here are some of our tried-and-true favorites from the Sunset Test Garden.

Weekend DIY: succulent container

When it comes to succulents, we can’t seem to get enough. With their flower-like shapes and jewel-toned colors, these unthirsty plants make a stunning living centerpiece.

Make a miniature cactus landscape

  Add some instant Palm Springs style to your backyard table by potting up a miniature landscape of baby cactus.