When you dream about your perfect backyard, you probably imagine a lush lawn, vegetable garden, and flowers galore
... but sometimes, the grass isn’t actually greener. And these envy-inducing, grass-free landscapes (like this gorgeous one by Emily Henderson
) are here to prove it. Gone are the days when large, grass-filled backyards were a must on the real estate checklist
Whether it’s the size of your outdoor space, geographic location, eco-consciousness, or budget that makes the choice for you, there are a variety of reasons and ways to turn your grassless space into the best exterior on the block. Take some inspiration from these must-see landscapes.