Cuz I can't grow crap in my SoCal back yard! Rock gardens can help combat the retreat of your flowerbeds. Always a staple in modern landscaping, rock gardens feature large and small colorful rocks scattered artistically across a front or back yard.
An alternative to chlorine pools, the BioTop Natural Pools use plants to keep water clean and clear. Wikipedia has some more info on natural swimming pools as well. These could make a great addition to a permaculture design site.
We build less formal natural swimming pools, but I love them all. Our natural swimming pools have are environmental systems that use no chlorine. definitely for the nature lovers that enjoy swimming in the garden.
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