side yard - wall art - tree cordyline - succulents - water wise plants - decomposed granite - stucco wall - boulders - pebbles - pathway - agave attenuata - windy path - wood gate
(Getty museum) Decomposted Granite is the "dirt" path we are thinking of! this website has lots of example pics and info on how to- http://thehumanfootprint.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/dg-patios-decomposed-granite/
Heres a mix of decomposed granite (top) and pea gravel (bottom), separated by a line of blue fescue (Festuca glauca).
A tan decomposed granite patio replaced the brown lawn. The open layout gives enough space for inclusion of tables and a fire pit when entertaining. Wood posts in the back corner will be used to string up lights and shade sails.