... begins inside your home, from the views looking outside, above.
Pic, above, here.
Instead, above, of ubiquitous turgid foundation plantings & lawn, benches/gravel at the foundation to your home. ...
... , which is (ideally) gravelly or sandy, with perfect drainage.
I've used worm castings for this too, which gives a very mild boost, which is ideal for succulent plants.
Miracle-Gro Succulent Pl ...