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.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Going Vertical -- New Ground, No Ground

Planting vertically has been trendy for a while now. Decorating a wall with foliage, especially in an urban setting where there may be fewer opportunities to plant on a large scale, is attractive and interesting.
Patrick Blanc's site has some beautiful examples of this trend. He has pioneered the vertical garden in France, and his work is quite impressive.
Here is a spa in Silverlake that embraced the idea about a year ago.

I'm all for planting in a new ways and in previously unexplored spaces. I like the effect of a living, breathing building, and I think it's quite striking. It instantaneously sends an "environmental" message, as if we could re-green the whole world, shunning blacktop, and covering every hard surface with oxygen-giving life!!
But I do think there are issues that make going vertical in this way potentially problematic. I wonder how long the planting medium, which relies on sheets of felt, will last. When the felt breaks down, is it easy to replace? Are there concerns surrounding the constant presence of water so close to a structure? Is mildew a problem? As these issues are explored, I'm sure the technology will improve and grow. Something to watch.

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