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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Front Yard -- Fences

There are so many choices for front yard fences. Materials range from wood to chain link. As important as the materials one chooses, is the placement of the front yard fence.
I've noticed again and again that setting the fence back from the sidewalk can work wonders. The concept is to place a three to four-foot tall wooden fence in from the sidewalk at least a couple feet, so there is a planting area in front of the fence which can increase privacy, soften the sidewalk, and create a sort of public garden along the fence and in the parkway. This has the effect of increasing the impact of a shorter fence, as required by code, and integrating the fence into the landscape in a pleasing way. Here are a couple examples:

This simple fence with horizontal slats has a fresh, somewhat modernist feel that still goes well with a very traditional house.
I'd love to see some of the groundcovers continue into the parkway here.

The second little fence is quite unique for Los Angeles. It's a mix of simple wood posts and rails, filled in by thin bunches of willow used to form diamond-shaped vertical slats.
The large boulders surrounded by ecstatic drifts of Helichrysum anchor the front yard and this whimsical fence, creating a rustic vignette.
Fence Detail

Both these fences are charming, simple, and relatively inexpensive to build. The second shows a brilliant use of inexpensive materials. And in each case, by planting in front of them, rather than placing them immediately against the sidewalk, the designer has created something special. The street and sidewalk are embraced by this design, yet the delineation of the front yard from the street is just as strong as it would be if the fence were placed along the property line, as so many are, but it so much more pleasing.

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