This small suburban front yard needed a facelift. The client wanted to make this high-use area more cozy and productive without breaking the bank with watering costs. The family also wanted to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. So we designed a cozy stone patio surrounded by edible landscaping with integrated rain gardens for seasonal deep soaks to increase the drought-tolerance of the perennials and fruit trees. To create some separation from the street without blocking the view or deterring neighborly visitors, we created a native buffer and packed it with plants that attract nectar-suckers and other beneficial critters but need no supplementary water once established.