July Scene in my clients’ Hancock Park edible garden. In the Cor-ten steel planters: Rosemary, mint, pumpkins, watermelon, basil, 4 different varieties of tomatoes, bush beans, bell peppers, celery, eggplant, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, 2 different fig varieties, and grapes.

The garden in Cypress Park 4 months after my initial post. The Salvia and the Zauschneria are in full bloom and my socks are knocked! This front yard lawn conversion project has been a real show stopper on Carleton Ave. Passers by are astonished that a drought tolerant landscape can look so colorful and lush.

Messy patio planting in Mount Washington gets a makeover. We took out the old palms, etc. and went 100% California Native. The patio is lined with a ring of Calamagrostis foliosa or Mendecino Reed Grass. It has gorgeous purple highlights and may become a favorite bunchgrass. The (soon to be) larger specimens are Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’, Carpenteria californica, Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum ‘Claremont’, and of course, for a nice sniff whilst lounging patio-side, Salvia clevelandii. A few dudleya, some of my favorite strawberry groundcover, a native fuschia and there you have it. Oh, the grape! Roger’s Red, my favorite for it’s bright red fall color.

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.

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.