Posts made in June, 2011

Water Saving Measures

Posted on Jun 17, 2011

We have all heard about the water crisis that Southern California is facing. Even after last winter’s above-average rainfall, we are still being cautioned to conserve water, especially in the landscape. We can help you to achieve these goals through a design with “the right plant in the right place” and plants that are grouped together based on light and water needs to allow for efficient irrigation. There are many other tactics that can be incorporated, including rain barrels, the reduction of turf on your property, drip irrigation and permeable hardscapes, to name a few. Water efficient landscapes do not have to consist of cacti...

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Vegetable Beds

Posted on Jun 17, 2011

Vegetable Beds

Vegetable beds come in all shapes and sizes and can fit into virtually any space: tight side yards, spaces left open intentionally for their placement, and front yards that are tired of a traditional lawn.  There is a movement in America to “grow your own,” and the resources for doing this could not be better.  Visit the links below for more information and ask yourself how wonderful it might be to stroll into your back yard and pick a cherry tomato ripe from the vine. University of California Garden Web Raised Vegetable Beds with...

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Beautiful Succulents

Posted on Jun 17, 2011

Beautiful Succulents

There is a calm and serenity to the structural form of succulent plants. They are interesting in form and color, and provide anchors to your landscape. This design stayed true to a water-saving landscape, but succulents can also be used to enhance even a traditional-themed garden.

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A Spirited Side Yard

Posted on Jun 17, 2011

A Spirited Side Yard

The side yard of many homes, is wasted space.  It is wasted because it isn’t used to perform a function beyond getting to the trash can and the view from inside the house is often of a block wall.  In this design, we maximized both by providing a lovely view from the kitchen window and an unexpected space for seating and relaxing. The space before transformation:                          

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It’s All In The Details

Posted on Jun 17, 2011

It’s All In The Details

When you include a professional contractor on your team with the designer, your “conceptual” plan comes to life. As you can see from the photo below, the fireplace is set at an angle to offer an intimate seating area. Arbors are covered with elegant vines. Drapes are hung to further define the space. It all comes together to provide an outdoor setting that will be used as a focal point for entertaining and relaxing....

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