The owners had just finished an addition and remodel and wanted to bring the backyard up to date to match the new house. We added bamboo fencing to cover an unsightly pink cinderblock wall as well as bougainvillea and other vines that will grow to cover the walls. Two new flagstone patios, a raised planter … Read more

Meyerburg Waterfall at the Los Angeles Arboretum

Inspiration Station: Visit a Garden

In late summer, it may feel too hot to be working in the garden any time but the early morning hours, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work on improving your landscape in some manner. There are dozens of gardens and arboretums open to the public in the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. … Read more

Thermometer reading 100 degrees

Caring for your garden in extreme heat

Plants aren’t that different from the rest of us in many respects. When it is very hot outside, we need shade, sun protection and hydration, and so do our gardens. Plants carry some tools with them to deal with sun, heat and wind. Many develop light or grayish leaves or fuzzy leaves that act as … Read more

Low water, low maintenance garden in West Los Angeles

Designing for a Low Maintenance Garden, Part 2

Last month I talked about the importance of knowing your yard or landscape site really well and making choices to get the best use out of the space you have. In landscape design, we hear the term Right Plant, Right Place a lot. You can spend an awful lot of time, money and water on a … Read more

Lantana and calandrinia in a low-maintenance yard

Designing For a Low Maintenance Garden, Part 1

Right Plant, Right Place Good landscape design hinges on one basic concept—the right plant in the right place. It is tempting to run to the garden center the moment the gardening bug hits in the spring, but taking the time for planning and site evaluation will save time, money and frustration later. Plan for your … Read more

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