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, August 20, 2010

Drought-tolerant Can Be Beautiful!

LA Times
There's an article in the L.A. Times today about our water situation here in the Southland. One of the obvious ways to save water is to remove the front lawn.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/08/la-nina-drought-southern-california.html
Note: If you have mature trees in your lawn, be very careful not to destroy their roots when removing the lawn!



LA Times

I love Tropical rain forests, old-fashioned flower gardens and cottage gardens -- in fact, the more I work with plants and Design, the more I see the beauty in almost every garden style. But we have to be realistic about our use of water, and come up with creative ways to minimize our use of potable water on our decorative plants.
Natives and Mediterraneans are a great solution, as are cacti and succulents. Using gray water and cisterns are also ways to have the plants we want without using up precious resources. I've experimented with how much water certain plants need once they're established, and I've found that roses, for one, can get by with just a deep soaking once a month after their first couple years in the ground, and still flower profusely!
Saving water takes a reassessment of what we are used to seeing in our front yards. Lawns are wonderful for play and sports, but they often remain unused in front yards. There are lots of wonderful alternatives.

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