I would like to convert my front side yard into a water efficient / xeriscape landscape and remove all of the grass (I live in a dessert). I would like to do this landscaping in a way that qualifies for a conversion rebate. (Here is a link to the requirements as well as info about native plants: http://www.snwa.com/rebates/wsl_conditions.html). In addition, I am looking for some ideas on ways to make the carport and driveway which is right next to the side yard look more updated/modern (possibly adding some sort of accent wall or siding in the carport, driveway resurfacing, removing the scalloped fascia, etc).
Here are a few details of what I am looking for:
-I like a more modern look w/ clean lines (the house in an older neighborhood w/ ranch and mid-century modern architecture) - see the two exterior pictures to get a sense of what the house looks like. The house exterior is gray with white trim.
-I do not want anything that looks overly southwestern in style - I would like to stay away from pinks and orange colored ground covers.
-I want to keep the modern gates that are currently there (these were just installed)
-I would like to keep at least two of the bigger trees (these are marked on diagram1). Also, I would like to keep/reuse the desert plants that are in the rectangle planter (image #4)
-There is currently a curve in the driveway and I would like squared off
-I would like to keep the plant border that is on the street side of the yard as this border wraps around the entire front yard (image #1).
-The gate in the back (image #5) goes to the backyard, so, some sort of pathway to get there might be nice
-I want to keep this as budget efficient as possible -- I do not necessarily need to add tons of hardscaping -- just removing the grass, adding plants, and adding some other interesting featured. This side yard is more for curb appeal and is not really used for much of anything.
I have included two diagrams - one of the side yard and one of the carport/driveway. They are not drawn to scale but measurements are included. Also, there are reference numbers on the diagrams to corresponding pictures so you can see what is currently there.