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.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer

July and August are not optimal months for planting or moving plants around, unless you want to plant a couple tropicals in the ground or create some container plantings you may have to water everyday. There are a couple other things you can do during August, but I'll save those for another post! July and August are wonderful months for dreaming about what you want to do when it cools down in October! I love to fantasize about changing things as I lie in patio because it's too hot to do anything else!
Make some notes as you walk around your property making sure everything's getting enough water:
  • What areas didn't impress this Spring?
  • Which plants need to be rejuvenated by being cut back hard? -- the end of summer is a great time, and in Winter, before Spring growth. Candidates for this include ornamental grasses and salvias.
  • Which perennials and annuals need to be replaced?
  • Do you have plenty of comfortable places to sit outside?
  • Are you attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies?
  • Would you like to cut your water bill by replanting some areas?

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