Fairy Yardmother Landscape Design

by Kathy Oberg, Landscape Designer, Los Angeles, CA.

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.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Before & After

This front yard had a few problems that needed to be solved:
There was no path to the front door from the sidewalk. I wanted to welcome people with a new path. The grass was difficult to water because of the slope, but slopes provide good drainage for natives and mediterranean plants, which were what the clients wanted. And the tree was messy, so we needed to incorporate a mulch that would hide the litter it creates.

In Process
The new recycled-concrete pathway welcomes people from the sidewalk and the driveway. It came out so well, I wish we'd had the budget to revamp the driveway with the same materials.
The clients wanted drought-tolerant, native and mediterranean plants that would attract hummingbirds, bumblebees, and butterflies. We planted Ceanothus, Salvias, and Guara.
Unfortunate lesson learned: They had the turf removed without my involvement, and their tree eventually died because the gardeners had destroyed so many roots in the process.

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