No need to tread lightly on Tough Ten stepable ground covers

Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme) - Photo Courtesy of STEPABLES®. [spreading sedum and creeping thyme are favorites because they can handle some foot traffic and neglect]

Use this as breaks between the areas which are going to be terraced into platforms

When the front yard landscaping is not good enough. Let's take a look at three quality front yard landscaping ideas to keep in mind and give a try.

Perennials: Maiden Grass,Expert says: "This grass forms a light, airy four-foot-tall mound and grows really well in otherwise tough and dry sites." —David McMullin, garden designer, Atlanta

13 Plants That Give You More Bang for Your Buck

Miscanthus grass picture - also known as Maiden grass - 13 Plants That Give You Bang for Your Buck Perennials Maiden Grass "This grass forms a light, airy four-foot-tall mound and grows really well in otherwise tough and dry sites.

Front yard/house Astilbe in a border makes a fabulous show & grows equally well in full sun/partial shade.LOVE this bright pink!

Mazus reptans- Purple Mazus  Tough and durable low-growing mat becomes covered with abundant, tiny purple flowers in early spring. Fast growing, bright green leaves creep and spread hugging the ground as it grows. Use as a lawn substitute, to fill voids in patios or tuck in between stepping stones. This versatile plant will take more than it's share of abuse and keep on growing!

Mazus reptans- Purple Mazus Tough and durable low-growing mat becomes covered with abundant, tiny purple flowers in early spring.

Casita Bonita de Rosita

A colorful Xeriscape garden design by Susan Blake of Santa Fe, New Mexico, features many beautiful drought tolerant species, including Zau.

Keeping costs down may be the toughest landscape challenge. Use our price guide as a starting point for your budget./

12 Money-Saving Landscaping Tips

12 Money-Saving Landscaping Tips Keeping costs down may be the toughest landscape challenge. Use our price guide as a starting point for your budget.

Shady slope: Hostas are a topnotch groundcover for shady areas. Plant them on a tough-to-mow hillside to create a lovely, carefree garden bed. If you have a steep slope that water runs down so quickly the soil can't absorb moisture, try breaking up the hill with rocks or other barriers. It will slow the flow of water.

Shady slope: Hostas are a topnotch groundcover for shady areas. Plant them on a tough-to-mow hillside to create a lovely, carefree garden bed. If you have a steep slope that water runs down so quickly the soil can't absorb moisture, try breaking up the hi

Crape Myrtle - Crape Myrtles are among the toughest, most adaptable, and showiest plants that. The dark green leaves often turn orange or red in fall. Sometimes called "the Lilac of the South", they are a beautiful branching flowering tree.  The deciduous Crape Myrtle is among the longest-blooming shrubs (up to 120 days), and varies in size from dwarf to large shrubs or small trees. It has dense clusters of crinkled, crepe-papery flowers in white or shades of pink, red, or purple.  Zone 6-11

Crape Myrtle (aka crepe myrtle) - Crape Myrtles are among the toughest, most adaptable, and showiest plants.

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