Inspiration: Casual Relaxing Outdoor Landscaping

Spring is in the air and I want us to enjoy the outdoors at the Farmhaus, but the backyard/prairie is an untamed mess.  On one hand we are really lucky because the soil is very fertile and the recent rains brought by El Niño have made the land green.  But I’m imagining something a little more varied, a little more textured and very California casual; something a bit like these beautiful outdoor spaces.

Modern California Landscape Inspiration

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Modern California Landscape Inspiration

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Modern California Landscape Inspiration

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Modern California Landscape Inspiration

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Modern California Landscape Inspiration

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Modern California Landscape Inspiration

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For us, having 1.5 acres is huge and kinda daunting.  I want to break up the space into areas that invite different kinds of activities some more active others more quiet, with paths the lead to exploration or solitude.  Unfortunately I have a black thumb, so I will have to ask friends who know a thing or two about plants for some advice.  I know what I like and that I want the landscape to be drought tolerant, but unlike what happens with the construction or interior design of a house, I have no idea how where to start when it comes to landscaping.

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