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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ornamental Grasses

Grasses are masters of motion and light in the garden.

They are tough, drought-tolerant, and take sun or part shade. They are gorgeous in drifts, and especially lovely planted where the sun will shine through them at the beginning or end of the day.

It is important to give grasses the room they need because they look best when they are full. I have seen large grasses planted against a sidewalk so that they needed pruning once a month or more, and to me, they look terrible! Their beauty relies upon that wonderful fountain shape they achieve when they are allowed to grow to their full size. They should only be cut back, usually to the ground, once or twice a year when they begin to look dry and ragged.

Grasses offer a wonderful way to create a soothing palette of greens, with texture and motion to give interest.
Here are a couple examples of grasses planted along a "stream bed" of river rock at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.

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