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, May 9, 2011

Front Yards: Fences and Walls -- Why Not Both?

Here is a Front Yard wall/fence combination in Larchmont Village I thought was a charming and unique way to define a small front garden on a rather busy street.
As we've seen before, the wall columns make a perfect place for the mailbox, and in this case, some hanging lanterns. The clay pots on top of the columns I've seen before and liked, but I think it's been done, and they don't really serve a purpose here. For me, the combination of fence and wall is what's really keeping me interested!

The planting area in front of the wall/fence really helps to soften this combination. Those Lavatera will get quite big, but the foliage is wonderful here, and they can be kept under control by pruning 3 or 4 times a year. The plant selection is nothing surprising, all fairly common plants that function almost on auto pilot, but do act as a nice foil for the many hard materials in this small front yard.

I think this garden does a wonderful job of mixing the whimsy of the sort of cottage garden plantings with a feeling of weight and permanence provided by the rock wall, the front gate, and the front door.
The planters on either side of the front door add some humor and fun, as does the patterned driveway, and the wooden fence behind the wall.
All together, it sort of makes me want to get an invitation to tea here. I wouldn't be surprised to have a very entertaining afternoon behind these walls!

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