Early, starting with a generalized plan that incorporates many builder's shrubs.

About 3 years later... a few more shrubs and trees, and many perennials to add seasonal color.

This sustainable landscape includes plants that are adapted to a hot and dry western slope, and which visually soften the steep terrain and lofty position of the house.

After 8 years... a large number of low spreading evergreens have formed a
dense mat (mid-slope above driveway) to help suppress weeds.