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.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Before and After (In Process): Children's Woodland Garden

I've been working with some wonderful clients, and I had to share this with you even though it's not a full "Before and After" yet because it is "just planted" and many of the plants are still quite small.
Our goal was to transform a shady back area into a little woodland garden for their soon-to-be toddler. They have a lot of friends with young children who come over to play, so we decided to incorporate tree stumps for the kids to climb on and chalkboard paint on the back fence (not shown). A sandbox to play in, and a bench for the parents not far from the sandbox, under the existing tree in the corner, is a great place to enjoy the space.

Before


Newly Planted "After" with Musical Mushrooms, Bench and Sandbox

We wanted to create a whimsical and inviting space. A perfect place to be outdoors even on a hot day. The musical mushroom sculpture is for toddlers to play with sticks. It has a lovely sound similar to prayer bowls. I made it out of common objects with my husband's help! The bench is made from posts sunk into the ground, so it is very stable and virtually permanent. The stumps also serve as seating.

 
Before
Newly Planted. Sandbox installed at back right.

Existing stepping stones and rocks were rearranged to best effect. And we created a second secret pathway into the space through a Bean Tee Pee at the edge of the patio. You can see the second path in the pic above, back, center. 
The beans on our bamboo tee pee are tiny now, but they'll fill in.

Bean Tee Pee Arch

For the shadier areas, I chose Abutilon, Heuchera, Pelargonium tomentosum, Geranium maderense, Tibouchina, and Acanthus mollis.
For the somewhat sunnier areas, I chose Red Trumpet Penstemon and Salvia Hot Lips.
From my research these plants are either non-toxic or mildly irritating if eaten.


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