Less Lawn, More Garden

As the trend towards having big, expensive lawns evaporates faster than a summer watering at high noon, colorful garden alternatives (such as this English garden at a Tudor Mansion) have become much more acceptable substitutes. And even though it's possible you won't have 10,000-square-feet of space to work with like the HartmanBaldwin Design/Build team did for the Kipp Residence, you can still create a serene setting that requires less water, chemicals and time spent straddling a lawnmower.