After the pool was installed it was time to design a low maintenance landscape. My choices were: French lavender, Salvia leucantha, Muhlenbergia rigens with a sinuous pathway of river rock. The drip irrigation is beneath the two inches of mulch which serve as a weed deterrent as well as keeping the soil moisture from [...]
Here is another example of what you can do by removing your lawn completely. We took out the large Crepe Myrtle along with some very thirsty sod and created an informal climate appropriate garden. We installed: Miscanthus ‘morning light’ ornamental grass, Festuca ‘glauca’, Ceanothus, Santolina, Salvia leucantha, a Michelia champaca and an Acacia baileyana. [...]
This lawn was removed and planted with lavender, sage, olive and penstemon…before, during and after and six months later. Plant with knowledge and make it right the first time so you can save money and encourage local pollinators.
Mike Brown of Project Green-scaping. 2013
This narrow strip of property was overdue for a landscape makeover. These old shrubs and soil were excavated and sent to the landfill. In addition, the water requirements for Schefflera and the other shrubs were obsessive. I designed this climate appropriate landscape that complemented the house as well as the budget.
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Watch for my latest garden and landscape lecture and walks around the greater Los Angeles area! On Saturday January 19th our group will meet at Jurassic Gardens in North Hollywood at 11am. This walking lecture will be about a hour and a half. There will be a $10 class fee for adults – children [...]
Join us at the LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden….
Sunday, December 9, 2012 11:00 AM
The Arboretum 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007
Please join us for a landscape and garden walk through the LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden on Sunday December 9th at 11:00 am. Class fee is $20 and includes admission [...]
Want to harvest some great composted materials for your vegetable and ornamental garden? Save those raked leaves and pile them up in an area of your yard (you may need to put a fencing around them to keep them from blowing back into the yard – chicken wire with stakes works fine). Keep them [...]
Join us for an informal neighborhood garden walk and talk about the trees in our urban landscape. Our talk begins at the Atwater Village Bakery, a great place to purchase your morning java and pastries! They are located at 3119 Los Feliz Blvd (about 3 blocks east of the 5 freeway on Los Feliz [...]
These homeowners were looking for a way to cut back on their water bill and at the same time wanted a garden that would demand less maintenance. So I suggested that we do a climate appropriate garden that would save them money, benefit the local pollinators and provide seasonal color throughout the year. The [...]
Fall and winter, depending on where you live is a great time to overhaul or clean out some of those neglected flower beds. If your beds have lost their zest and charm why not start by redesigning them? In the case of this flower bed, I decided to cut back about four feet of [...]