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.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Before & After: Child's Fairy Garden






I designed and supervised the installation of a Magical Fairy Garden with lots of flowers, ornamental grasses, shady nooks, and stepping stone pathways earlier this Spring. Here are a few pictures.
Before














We started with a blank slate -- a back area that was composed of recently-weeded dirt, a few trees, and a shed.




The clients' wish list included:
non-toxic, soft billowy plants, lots of flowers, and spaces left open for a sandbox, tee pee, adult seating, and eventually some kind of play structure.






We softened the perimeter fencing with Podocarpus, Pennisetum, and Coleonema. We created rounded planting areas, and used Stachys and Alyssum as edging. I relied on Lavender, Salvia, Coreopsis, Penstemon, and Roses for flowers. We chose a soft, shredded bark mulch to cover the soil.




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