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Mondo Grass - A Mound o' Drought Tolerant Green

I visited Legoland in San Diego for the first time at the end of last summer, and I found myself in a little paradise! It wasn't the funny Lego faces and Lego animals, or the rides and the amazing live band with dancers. (Okay, maybe the live band and dancers, they were great). But what I really loved was the landscaping!

My daughter had to keep tugging me along to keep up with our group. Legoland has been wonderfully decorated in a living landscape of drought-tolerant plants.

Look at that gorgeous mondo grass! Beautifully done!

Mondo grass is not fast growing, but it’s worth the wait and effort. You can cut costs a bit by planting sparsely, and then splitting plugs to fill in the gaps. The texture and shape add an extra OOMPH to make up for the fact that it’s not a traditional sod lawn.

I haven't been successful ID-ing this beauty, so far I'm finding that it may be a tall fescue-type grass. Doesn't it remind you of something out of Dr. Seuss? Seussian, apparently it's a word!

My favorite feature of drought-tolerant plants that are popular in Southern California is the mounded shape. They bring character and interest to areas that are typically flat and uniform. If you're passionate about traditional lawns, this might not be your favorite look. But I hope we can all agree that it's vastly better than a dry, dusty yard!

We're finally feeling winter here in Orange County, CA. Time to relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and not have to worry about your landscape for once! It's the perfect time to book a consultation to draw up plans for next year. Reach out at or 626-879-7070 to get started!

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