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.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oaks

This Oak is est. at 250 yrs old


Among California's treasures are the native Oaks. They are wise old souls of the hot, dry summers here. They are such a part of the Southern California Landscape, it's easy to take them for granted.
Anyone lucky enough to have a mature Oak Tree on their property needs to be aware that not everything plays well with Oaks. One needs to choose companion plants carefully. Ones that don't need summer water and that don't succumb to Oak Root Fungus are preferred.












Often Oaks are seen in Summer and Fall with dry, brown grasses covering the ground underneath them, or their natural mulch of small stiff leaves and acorns.
These are Coast Live Oaks, Quercus agrifolia.








Good understory companions include:

Arctostaphylus
Carex
Ceanothus
Eriogonum
Rhamnus
Salvia
Zauschneria





Looking up into the branches of an old oak, I almost expect to see fairies! They have such a magical and powerful presence. These Oaks are located in Descanso Gardens. Another one of my favorite places to be surrounded by Oaks? Topanga Canyon State Park. There's really nothing else like being among the Oaks!

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