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.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Lavender is one of those plants that makes one believe in a higher power! I think I've found the very prettiest Lavender of all: Lavender Provence.
Lavender likes deep watering once or twice a week while getting established -- maybe more in the first month depending on the weather and the size of the transplant. The fewer roots, and the higher the temps, the more often must one water newly planted plants; sometimes even daily for the first couple weeks.
Once established, Lavender needs very little water. It is a classic Mediterranean selection that goes well with other perennials with similar needs: Salvias, Rosemary, Ornamental Grasses, Bearded Iris, Roses, and California Natives like Ceanothus.

Lavenders can get quite large, especially the somewhat sprawling French toothed-leaf Lavenders. They need to be trimmed regularly (2 to 3 times a year) to remove old flowers and be kept somewhat compact. It is thought that they live longer with regular, light pruning.

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