Fairy Yardmother Landscape Design

by Kathy Oberg, Landscape Designer, Los Angeles, CA.
FairyYardmother[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you for visiting my site. I enjoy bringing you pictures of gardens, plants, and ideas from sunny Southern California. I love sharing after-photos that show how my landscape plans, plant lists and layouts come to life.
As a designer, I use plants to create drama, provide color and form, and compliment the architectural style of your home.
I strive to provide a buffer from sun, street, and neighbors while still fostering connections.
Inspired plant choices and site layout can make any space a success.
I am a Certified Watershed Wise Professional, with techniques to improve soil health and keep more water on your property.
I can help you makeover your patio, paths, planting areas, or entire property. I will consult with you, choose a look you love, and compose a plan and plant list to update your landscape, re-using what you already have wherever we can.
Each project is different because it is about making your space really shine.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Before & After

Before
Here's what I love to do!
My clients had tried many plants in these very narrow planters along the front of this lovely home, but none had thrived.
After a quick consultation and walk around the neighborhood, we chose a few plants that seemed right for the space. I used the existing pink Cordyline a friend had given them as inspiration.



We packed in a lot of color and texture and added some sorely needed height. The family told me it has never looked so good!


After
We started this update to get the house ready for a party, and now it's been six months since we planted, and it's going strong. A beautiful home that just needed a quick update!

This Fall we plan to add a lacy tree to the left, in the lawn, to soften the afternoon sun.


The colors of the plant palette are a bit washed out in these pics, tho they dazzle in person. I used Cannas, which have a bright orange flower atop tall bronze tropical foliage, and a wonderful easy-to-grow purple trailer called Tradescantia. On the right side, Tradescantia snakes around and under Horsetail (Equisetum) which is often used in modernist plantings. It is invasive, but works well here in planters.

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