I recently got to go revisit a back yard in Yorba Linda that I had designed that was installed in 2016. It has been over a year since the project got put in and things are looking great. Most everything is thriving. A few plants met their maker and were replaced but overall I am really pleased with how this garden turned out. The homeowners are retired and the husband casually putters in the garden from time to time.
In this garden I designed functional decomposed granite paths that also pull double duty as a faux dry stream bed. These paths are surrounded by lots of mostly California native plants and some existing plants. There are also some decorative features and a flagstone seating area.
Overall I am really pleased with how this garden turned out and has matured. I will do a video update soon.