A Contemporary Home gets An Organic Landscape
This new homeowner wanted a more organic feel to the garden than the basics the General Contractor planted with the home.
The house is ringed with New Zealand Flax with a color that compliments the house, however, two stranded Japanese Maples and a sea of invasive Vinca is the rest of the entire yard.
The new design includes grape arbors, two Strawberry Trees, Manzanita ground cover, Blue Oat Grass, and bright Cape Honeysuckle for a quick privacy screen.
Along the driveway a succulent garden of Echeverias, Aeoniums, an Agave, Sedum Dragon's Blood and Americanum, and Euphorbia Firesticks are mixed in a tapestry with New Zealand Flax and Blue Fescue. Behind the display, Star Jasmine will be trained on the fence.
A Small Yard needs Curb Appeal and A Courtyard
A new fence with a gate were moved closer to the chimney, a flagstone path and new plants are the start to this new beautiful garden.
Instead of replacing the old lawn, a new layering border of plants in red, purple and pops of blue and silver add bold color to the front. The flagstone pathway moves through a lawn substitute of Sea Thrift which looks much like grass but has the added bonus of being very drought tolerant, never needs mowing and in Spring gets beautiful pom pom pink blooms to look like a meadow.The side yard was cleaned up and transformed into a flagstone courtyard. Dymondia Silver Carpet will grow between the stones, Yellow Wave New Zealand Flax, Blue Oat Grass, Autumn Sage, Pineapple Sage and Penstemons will brighten the area with color.
An Updated Facelift for a Landscape
This home had a great interior remodel and needed a new landscape to match.
The Back Yard gets a full facelift as well. The hardscape was already installed by the contractor and I was commissioned to specify all the plants. The requirements were for lots of color and texture while allowing for fruit trees and a vegetable garden.
Ornamental Plants include Lamb's Ear, Yarrow, Lupine, Red Autumn Sage, Bush Anenome, Manzanita, Bougainvillea, Penstemon, CA Grey Rush, Santa Barbara Daisy, Blue Fescue, Kaleidoscope Abelia, Cream Delight New Zealand Flax, Rosemary, Tequillia Sunrise Mirror Plant, Alyssum and Yesterday Today and Tomorrow.
A Yard of Hedges Gets Color and Texture
This yard had the typical corral of hedges which the new owner commented on the difficulty to see when backing out of the driveway much less the aesthetics.
A new design of drought tollerant plants with color and texture was needed. Manzanita, lavender and Autumn Sage were just a few of the owner's choices for this front landscape.
Demolition of the yard has begun by the owner and will be followed up with a contractor for the tough projects. The hedges were chopped down but are now growing back. The roots still need to be removed.
The front of the property will retain a smaller lawn, add paver pathway to the front entry, extend the driveway with pavers and provide year round interest with plants.
Once all the phases are complete it will look similar to these Photoshop sketches. The owners have yet to choose paver material but these sketches show there are many options to choose from.
Coprosma Marble Queen used in three areas adds balance and will add interest with a change in color with winter chill. The only exception to the drought tolerant plants are the two Japanese Maples that anchor the corners of the house, gifts to their children from grandparents. Since blueberries take similar soil and water conditions, they will be planted with the sapling trees to provide the family with one of their favorite fruits. With a year round interest of their own, blueberries like many edible plants can be planted with ornamentals in the landscape.The back yard is small and only 20' deep. Using Sky Pencil Holly that only grows 2' wide helps save on space, give a clean look and won't require pruning.
The owners want an area for vegetables, an herb bed and a small lemon tree while capitalizing on the small space for an entertainment area, a small lawn for the kids and the BBQ. A central 17'x 17' paver area for the patio leaves room for the other functions and the small retaining wall replaced with a curvilinear seatwall increases seating numbers for a small space. Three columnar apple trees line one end of the yard.
From Rock, To Color
This landscape started as a lot of rock and three Golden Euonymus hedged as cubes and a lot of lawn.
After a few of years, it now has grown with lots of color. The cubed hedges were pruned and thinned to look more natural and a lot of drought tolerant ground covers, perennials and low shrubs were added. The nonmortared raised beds helps add structure to a previously plain yard.
A San Diego Street Scape
This rental property in San Diego is one and half blocks from a public beach and gets a lot of pedestrian traffic. The 20'x 50' street scape landscape design blends with traditional San Diego coastal elements. San Diego has a climate where most plants thrive, however being this close to the ocean's climatic influences, specific plants were chosen that could thrive with the salty and humid climate. King Palms and Pygmy Date Palms were designed in groupings with natives and drought tolerant plants to add color and texture year round. Some of the plants incorporated are ceanothus, coprosma and Autumn joy sedum along with a tapestry of stonecrop sedums. Through the design is a dry riverbed of river rock. Stepping pavers lead pedestrians from their parked cars to the public sidewalk. With abundant use of bark, soil moisture will be retained thus reducing irrigation frequency.
Phase one of the landscape design has been completed with installation of a drip irrigation system, baby palms and bark mulch. Palms are a regularly used plant and a San Diego icon that grow quickly. Either side of this space consists of water thirsty lawn, with the east neighbor having tall mature palms.
Phase two of the landscape design consisted of adding the stepping stones has been done recently. The cheap and easily installed pavers was chosen over pour in place concrete. Temporarily for some color, the client added leftover geraniums from another rental unit. The baby sized palms have been growing well over a few months time and add the wanted tropical feel.
San Jose Entry Needing Color
Just dirt and a few rocks were on display at this residential entry. The client wanted year round color in foliage. This would be a project that would be installed in phases. The first phase inserted brick under the front bench similar to the brick on the house and eventually edge the sidewalk in brick as well. The Rainbow Surprise Coprosma was planted in Fall. The added shrubs of dwarf Golden Euonymus and Rainbow Surprise Coprosma provides wanted texture and year round color with the added bonus that with winter chill the Coprosma will take on a bright reddish pink coloring.
Phase two, in late Spring, included the dwarf Euonymus and bark mulch. The Coprosma grew during the winter and spring.