Coiro Garden in Silverlake just 3 months later! The Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass) is in bloom around the fountain. Muhlenbergia rigens sending up an inflorescence. Vitis ‘Roger’s Red’ climbing the custom trellis over the front steps. Calliandra californica growing up faster than expected. Fragaria vesca groundcover spreading out. Abutilon palmeri filling out the corner by the irrigation controls. And a surprise guest and mystery squash (pumpkin?) in the raised bed is being allowed to curve it’s tendrils along the brick path. Everything else…thriving!

It’s Wisteria time of year at the vegetable garden I tend in Hancock Park. Dare I say, the nasturtium I use as a decoy plant to lure the insects away from the other veggies is demanding some attention away from the  wisteria. And then there is Willow, the wannabe vegetarian carrot-loving pooch.

Lawn Conversion Project in Cypress Park. The client moved into her new house where they had planted a brand new lawn. It had to go. I helped her wave goodbye to the water guzzling carpet and replaced it with CA natives and Mediterraneans. Agave, Eriogonum, Euphorbia, Grevillea, Hesperaloe, Leucadendron, Elymus, Salvia, Senecio, and Zauschneria, to name a few. Check back to see how it fills in!

This client in Mount Washington desired a more manicured look for her sunny backyard slope. She is a giant succulent fan, so I planted a mix of agave, aloe and the 50 succulents she received for her 50th birthday. Also in the mix are Mediterranean plants from California, South Africa, and Australia.

This client in Mount Washington desired a more manicured look for her sunny backyard slope. She is a giant succulent fan, so I planted a mix of agave, aloe and the 50 succulents she received for her 50th birthday. Also in the mix are Mediterranean plants from California, South Africa, and Australia.

These clients in Mount Washington prefer to walk on the wild side. This is a free spirited mixture of salvia groundcover, bladderpod, native fuchsia, and fairy duster with the red puffs.

I covered up the cement wall with a wire trellised native morning glory, Calystegia macrostegia. It seems to be taking inland direct sunlight well.

Planting plan rendering for a garden in Silverlake by the wildly talented Onya Hogan-Finlay.

A killer combination of California Natives and succulents for a kid-friendly front yard garden complete with a pondless fountain, a raised bed for veggies and a re-purposed brick pathway.

Got a shady spot under a pine tree that needs some fast spreading groundcover? Try California native Woodland Strawberry or Fragaria californica for a quick fix.

Got a shady spot under a pine tree that needs some fast spreading groundcover? Try California native Woodland Strawberry or Fragaria californica for a quick fix.

Design revision by Margherita Coiro, an up and coming sustainable landscape designer with a passion for tropical fruits and schroberes.

Design revision by Margherita Coiro, an up and coming sustainable landscape designer with a passion for tropical fruits and schroberes.

Planting Edibles at Trails Cafe

Nestled in a converted snack shack in Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, rests the infamous Trails Cafe. I was approached to plant an herb garden for the bakers to use for their made in-house sweet and savory treats. Basil, cilantro, dill, green onions, chives and more to come.  With all that space and sunshine, it’s perfect use of natural resource to grow culinary herbs on site. Why truck in your ingredients when you can grow them out the back door, next to a horse hitch no less (Cheyenne is her name). Oh Los Angeles, you never cease to amaze me.

AUGUST’S BOUNTY! This Organic Vegetable Garden is Exploding. I love the streaked Antigua Striped Eggplants. There are 4 plants in the bed and they are producing like mad. The watermelons are almost ready to harvest, perhaps the most exciting food to grow at home in my opinion. Raspberries are moving right along. The corn has begun to flower and the strawberries are out of control!