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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Front Yards -- A Study

When I saw this house and front yard, I had to pull over and take a photo. There are so many things I like about it. Really liking:
  • The House Color
  • The Red/Orange Trim on The Large Window
  • The Gates and metal work -- security accomplished artfully
  • The Minimal Lawn 
  • The Large Rock
  • The Large Planting Area on the right side (nice mix of colors and forms)
  • The Echo of Planting Area on the left side of the parkway
  • Plant Choices including the use of Liriope and Sedum in the Parkway

I am always looking out for alternatives to Lawn in the Parkway and the Driveway Strip. Liriope is a great choice. It gives some texture, but can take some foot traffic, is easy to care for, and easy to replace when necessary. These photos are from the end of summer, so if the plants look this good now, I can only imagine they really pop in Spring.


  1. I like it too - hacienda style house in particular. So, for us brits, would yard equate to front garden?

  2. Yes, Front Yard equates to Front Garden for us!