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.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Winter in Southern California can be a wonderful time to garden as long as you pick a day that's not rainy or windy. There are always sunny, mild days during the winter months that make working outside an especially pleasant experience.
January is a great time to plant California natives and other Mediterranean plants.
Nurseries are full of bare-root fruit trees, grape vines, berries, and roses to plant now.
Remember to water plants under eaves that haven't been reached by rains.
If rain is scarce, do water natives as this is their growing season.
Cut back ragged Grasses and Salvias that weren't cut back in late Fall.
Roses are going as dormant as they go here in SoCal, and they can be pruned back by about a third now. Leaves should be cleaned up from under your rose bushes and thrown away.
Pull weeds out after rains.
Throw a few inches of new mulch all around your perennials.
Keep planting those cool-season veggies, like lettuces and greens.
It's a good time to choose and plant Camellias and Azaleas, most of which are blooming now.

Many succulents are blooming now too, and they make quite a show at places like The Huntington Gardens and The Arboretum. Don't forget to check out the Camellias at Descanso Gardens and The Huntington as well..

And it's a great time of year to go for a hike!

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