Chelsea: We moved into a new build with brand new grass, so it was pretty easy to move the grass. We actually had enough grass for our backyard and our neighbor's backyard.
We live in a high-wind area that blows mulch out of flower beds so we decided on rock for our front yard. We have a front yard xeriscape, and because our lot is shaped like a trapezoid, we have our food garden in the front yard, as well as a mini orchard that I keep pruned.
Our hellstrip stayed as just rock and a few other lonely plants for about 2 years, as I had no idea what I wanted to do and we figured out other parts of our yard. Finally, one day, I was looking on Pinterest and found a pin with the Soft Colors Pre Planned Garden from High Country Gardens. I took that picture and used it as a reference, I used some plants from that list and then I added others as I thought they worked with my color scheme. Some I just think are cool plants.
My then 3-year-old and I did the bulk of the planting in 2019. I am slowly adjusting it every year as some things die or don’t do well with the heat and limited water that I give them.