Calling this lawn may be an overstatement, but it is a fairly typical landscape arrangement, boring foundation plants close to the house then lawn to the property line. With sufficient water and fertilizer this lawn could be made green so the neighbors could enjoy looking at it and the homeowner could enjoy the sound of leaf blower and lawnmower once a week.
This is the same property a year after planting. Hummingbirds and butterflies frequent the garden, the space feels more intimate and private. Never needs to be fertilized and probably gets watered once every two weeks.