We had redone our front yard about 10 years ago with what we thought would be low-water usage plants. However, many plants turned out not to be so, or were water hogs sucking the life out of other plantings (e.g. Rosemary, Pride of Madeira, Red Valerian, New Zealand Flax). We decided to remove them, the sole remnants of the previous landscaping (Camellias & Pittosporum) and replace them with California native plants such as Manzanita, Heuchera, Encelia, Monkey flowers, Origanum, Dendromechon, Ceanothus, etc... all of which I did myself. We first contacted Dan to help with our irrigation system and low voltage lighting, knowing full well that he dealt with CA natives. Our many conversations were interesting and informative and we decided to finish off the front by having Dan redo the difficult sloped area in the front with natives as well. Dan supplied the river rock terracing, the native plants and adjusted the irrigation. We are thrilled at how the yard has turned out, and so are our neighbors. If you plan on converting your yard to low water usage, you should contact Dan and hear his ideas.