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.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Little Spanish Courtyard


This was a little covered patio that needed some updating. Adding foliage, comfortable seating, and a bit of color and playfulness went a long way toward making this an attractive space, where the clients spend a lot more time than they used to.
This is a small property with very little outdoor space to enjoy, so it was important to make this little lanai very comfortable and inviting.

Little Oasis
Before

After
We cleaned things up and purchased quite a few cheery ceramic containers for plants with lush foliage. We hung a Toucan, and added a few other Talavera pieces to bring in color and whimsy.
Ferns and houseplants thrive in this protected environment, with moderate watering. The client asked that I only use non-poisonous plants, and I was happy to work within those limitations.
We hung a fern from the spiral staircase to stop everyone from bumping their heads, and it has worked wonderfully.



The small, narrow back area was not really usable when we got there. The beautiful old bricks were uneven. The Madagascar Jasmine, which is a wonderful climber and somewhat rare, was all over the place. We re-laid the bricks and trellised the Jasmine. We also removed a few spiny plants, and added a Passion Vine to the house side. We planted some Coleus at ground level for color, a good choice as it is non-toxic.
I suggested the client use this narrow area as a playspace for her toddler. It is a perfect spot for a water table, and the perfect space for little people. I've heard it has gotten a lot of use since we left.

Uneven Brick, Messy Foliage
After: Re-laid Brick and Trellised Plants



Detail

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