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.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall Flowers

It's starting to feel like Fall, and there are certain plants and flowers that always make me think of Autumn. In Southern California, the seasons are a little flat because vegetables grow, leaves fall and flowers bloom at all times of year here. But Autumn still has a distinct feel to it.

The light changes, the sun starts to angle. There's a slight chill in the air, especially by Halloween.

I love seeing the afternoon sun shining through the plumes of Miscanthus. It gives such a warm golden glow.

The Light coming through the Miscanthus reminds me of Fall, but the white-gray of the Lamb's Ear makes me think of snow!

There's nothing like sunflowers. They never fail to make me smile.

Echinacea also reminds me of Fall for some reason, despite it's being so bright and cheery.  Most things that make me think of Autumn are darker and earthier. It looks great with Rudbeckia even though pink and yellow are not always friendly companions. Maybe it's because their form is similar.

The Fall Equinox is on the evening of September 22 this year. Happy Fall!


  1. Great photos and use of light. I love the name of your blog. I think that is what made me click on the first time. Two picks for you!

  2. Very nice post! The sunflowers are may favorite! Ready or not, the seasons are changing!