Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Introducing design stories in which each Wednesday I will post a vlog style video giving you a peak into my landscape design.  From concept design to installation and follow ups these videos will give you an understanding of how a landscape design business works from behind the scenes.

This first video is of a project that I designed in Mission Viejo, CA.  A small back yard that will utilize some existing plants, California native plants and some grass for the grand kids.  Combined with an energy efficient irrigation system this garden is just what the homeowner's wanted.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Salvias or more commonly known as Sages are great plants to have in your garden if you want some interest and also scent.  Most Sages smell divine and can have multiple uses.  They come in a variety of different heights so you can have really tall varieties to low growing varieties in your garden.  You can also bring some sprigs in and use it as a natural air freshener.  One thing I do is take some Sage leaves and dry them, then I put it into a sash and use it instead of dryer sheets.

In this below videos I am sharing with you 3 Sages to try in your garden that are not only drought tolerant but also perfect to add interest in your garden.

These 3 are:

  • Salvia apiana - White Sage
  • Salvia clevelandii 'Japatul' - Japatul Cleveland Sage
  • Salvia 'Bees Bliss' - Bees Bliss Sage 

If you have used any of these Sages or any other varieties then comment below and let m know what you have tried.  If you have a native garden, I would love to check  it out and possibly blog post or video blog about it.  Just comment below.

Friday, January 6, 2017


I love designing with Manzanitas.  Not only are most Manzanitas beautiful with their red bark but they are also very drought tolerant and can survive on natural rainfall once established.  They also can grow in sun or shade which makes them ideal for any landscape situation.

Put a tall growing Manzanita behind a plant that has gray green leaves and you end up with a nice contrast of color.  Shine an up light to it at night and bam!  

Manzanitas are great but their only draw back is slow growth.  Unlike most other plants they are slower growing and require a bit more patience.  They will also work really well in containers.

The 3 Manzanitas are:

  • Arctostaphylos 'Harmony' - Harmony Manzanita
  • Arctostaphylos refugioensis - Refugio Manzanita
  • Arctostaphylos 'Monterey Carpet' - Monterey Carpet Manzanita
If you have used any of these Manzanitas or other that I did not list in this video then comment below and share your experience.