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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Front Yards -- Veggie Gardens

Home vegetable gardens are in vogue, and I found quite a few front yards with space for veggies as I drove around the East side of Los Angeles recently.
Some of the vegetable gardens are more attractive than others. It's nice to see anyone growing edibles in their front yard, no matter in what style, but I do like seeing how it can be done in an attractive way.

I think these first two gardens do an especially good job of showcasing vegetables in the front yard. The designs go with the architecture of the respective houses, and add to their aesthetic.

This little out of the way side area on a corner lot, uses containers and a raised bed to grow edibles, and it often looks very pretty through the year.

Some other front gardens have the vegetables in raised beds that aren't really integrated into the yard as whole. I'd like to see more connection between the rest of the yard.

Food for thought! I am a firm supporter of using the land we have to either grow food, or to grow climate-appropriate plants that take as little extra water and fertilizer as possible, and provide food and/or shelter for local wildlife. It's nice to see so many people getting on this bandwagon.

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