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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Before and After: Tropical Spanish


This is a newly planted back patio and tiny yard space outside a 1920's Spanish bungalow in Los Angeles. We immediately talked about improving the fireplace because it was such a focal point for the space. Adding color and tiles seemed like a great idea, while completing necessary repairs.


All the plants in the space had grown upward toward the sunlight, creating an unattractive mess of branches at eye level, while most of the foliage and flowers were high above.
One of my goals was to make sure there would be a lot of attractive foliage and flowers at eye level and below for years to come.

Right Side Before
Right Side After

Left Side After

We discussed a few different planting schemes. After the wall color was completed, we settled on a tropical theme with colored foliage and varied leaf textures. The clients are very fond of ferns, so we used sword ferns, asparagus ferns, and mother ferns.

There was a storage shed and water heater on the patio, making a small space even smaller. The patio was covered in tile and sheds were removed to create space for a sitting area.



Still to come: some pictures at night. Tropical plants light up so nicely at night! The clients tell me it's just wonderful to enjoy a fire in the fireplace in the evening out here.

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