If you’re well on your way to converting your garden from a water-guzzling grass field to a drought friendly achievement of beauty and sustainability, congratulations. You’re cutting down on water bills without sacrificing the habitats of smaller, vital life like worms and bees. If you’ve done any amount of research you’re probably aware that your drought tolerant yard doesn’t need to be all rocks and succulents (although there’s certainly nothing wrong with that). But have you thought about adding extra features to keep your new yard interesting and exciting? Well here are a few items to consider adding to your new landscape for a bit of flair.

Pathways

Whether or not you plan on “taking a turn around the garden” like they would in Victorian London, a nice pathway is also good for visual design. Your path can be made with stones that come in a variety of color and shape. Ground cover between your steps like creeping thyme or sage provide a delicate and stunning filler for the areas in between.

Seating

If you’re plotting out a little strolling path, adding a nice bench or wrought iron table and chairs along the way offer up a quaint respite for your walk. Your bench can be made of stone, wood, or a combo of materials like iron and wood. 

Raised Beds

These features help reduce water consumption even more because they contain the water to the plants that need them. Raised flower beds also add height and levels to your garden. This extra dimension can highlight smaller plants that might get lost in the shuffle of everything else. They can also be as decorative as you want. Repurpose an old tin trash can or barrel for your raised bed.

Statues

If you felt so inclined, you could arrange a veritable garden gnome army. Statues are a beautiful, stoic addition to any drought proof garden. Whether it’s Saint Fiarce (the saint of gardening), playful kittens, or cherubs that you choose to adorn your yard with, they’re all likely to add some necessary flair to any yard.

Arbors

Wooden arbors can frame a bench or swing. They provide the optimal place for climbing vines to expand, and create a little shade with them. Adding an arbor creates more dimension not just with their height, but also their shape. Geometric patterns are in for interior design, why not bring that fad outdoors with a beautiful hexagonal arbor at the end of the walkway?

Fountains

Wait, what? Recycled water fountains and ponds fit in beautifully with any drought-proof lawn. You can install a water feature in the ground, or raise it above to eye-level. Your fountain can be a simple waterfall tripping over rocks, or spouting out of a sculpture. A large ceramic housing with a bright pop of color – such as blue or purple – with water tumbling over its sides is peaceful and perfect.

Sundials and Birdbaths

Attract more birds to your new lawn with a gorgeous birdbath. Help your guests keep track of time the old-old fashioned way with a decorative sundial. Adding more levels to your yard and serving practical use, it’s no wonder these common garden accessories work so well in your new and improved drought-friendly garden.

Just because you’re invested in making your carbon footprint smaller doesn’t mean it has to be without style. Any number of these features, combined with your blooms and foliage, will take your landscaping endeavors to the next level.