Thursday, November 21, 2013


When I received a phone call from a husband and wife in Santa Ana to bid designing their front yard and creating a lawn less garden, I was thrilled.  I love killing lawns!  To be truthful I don't like the actual labor aspect of it but I do enjoy proposing it gone on paper and seeing it gone in the real world.  If you have kids or animals that are going to realistically have use for lawn then by all means have it.  I have even designed gardens with lawn just for that purpose but in this case no was using the existing lawn space.  

The design intent was (aside from removing the lawn) to have a California native plant palette, decomposed granite pathways with accents of flagstone, a round flagstone/DG seating area and an energy efficient irrigation and lighting system.  Other design features include two pilasters at the entry with a 4 feet wide decomposed granite path that was designed to mimic a sidewalk that did not previously exist.

A few of the plants we are using in this project are:

  • Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
  • Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark'
  • Cercis occidentalis
  • Erigeron glaucus 'Bountiful'
  • Salvia meulleri 

 In the end these homeowners are getting a garden that suits their every lifestyle, is within their budget and most importantly was professionally done in a reasonable time frame.  They did not have to do any work and were able to go about their normal day while someone else (me and the contractor) took care of it for them.

I you are interested in renovating your landscape but are not sure where to begin then I have an option for you (OC residents only).  It's really simple!  A complimentary landscape design consultation at your house to go over what your needs are and give you ideas on what is possible in your garden.  If you are interested then simply contact me and we can get rolling.

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