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 sea creature pebble mosaic path.
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.
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!
Lessingia filaginifolia ‘Silver Carpet’….NEW FAVORITE GROUNDCOVER??
The California Beach Aster just started to explode a couple weeks ago. The contrast of the lavender daisy-like flowers against the silvery-gray foliage is so good-looking, but you know what the best part is? Clay-tolerant!
These clients in Eagle Rock had a serious problem with their pathway, the dog had dug a foot deep hole where there used to be a first step making it treacherous to walk down the path the the backyard. Thanks to the expertise of one of my construction contractors, Linton, there is a safe and good-looking passage down the stairs. I am hoping the pea gravel will deter the dogs from digging, or at least keep the path from getting muddy.
This client in Mount Washington needed a semi-shade structure to grow vines on for a tight corner of her front patio. She wanted something light, airy and simple yet solid and sophisticated. This handsome custom-built redwood pergola (an arbor meets a trellis) will serve this purpose both aesthetically and functionally.
Thanks to my talented team, Onya Hogan-Finlay for the rendering and Bruce Walrath for the expert carpentry.