It was a long, hard hall (I will post the how-to's as a sidebar). This what it looks like only one year later. We are on a suburbon corner lot in a 1950's era subdivision. My goal was to create gardens that would be in harmony with the neighborhood. I decided against a "Southwest" look using grasses, gravel, etc. We are fortunate in that no one usually parks along any of the strips, so I was able to plant pretty much wherever I wanted without having to worry about people trying to get out of their cars. If that changes in the future I will put a narrow flagstone walkway around the curbside.
We received an honorable mention in a Xeriscape competition and were honored to be included in the 2004 Xeriscape Tour.