Here are before and after pictures of a project we did in North Miami Beach.
Due to flooding caused by the buildings courtyard being lower than street level. We had to provide the buildings with adequate drainage. First we removed any sod, then we back filled with 80 tons of ballast rock and then added another 80 tons of gravel. Now the residents won't have to walk through ankle deep water to get in and out of their apartments. For easy access between the two buildings we used a 4 foot wide concrete walkway with three diamond shape planter boxes and concrete 20" x 20" stepping stones. Gravel rather than sod was used to make the apartment building as low maintenance as possible and to conserve water. The plants used were also chosen for their hardiness.
Plants of chosen for this project was:
Green Island Ficus