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.


Before and After



Valley Back Yard Retreat

BEFORE


AFTER


Beverly & Fairfax Lawn Replacement


BEFORE




AFTER: New Pathway Through Wall, Newly Planted


Pasadena Backyard

Before

After: Newly Planted, Dry Creek, Pathway & more 


Glendale Front Yard

BEFORE Lawn Removed


AFTER New Path and Plantings


Eagle Rock Back Yard

BEFORE

AFTER
Shade Area

BEFORE


AFTER



Los Angeles Back Yard


BEFORE
AFTER


BEFORE

AFTER
2 Years After Planting





Newly Planted Van Nuys


BEFORE
AFTER


Beverly Hills Front Yard

BEFORE

AFTER


















Echo Park Lawn Replacement


BEFORE

AFTER
BEFORE

AFTER



Los Angeles Corner Lot


BEFORE
AFTER: Wall Design and Just Planted

Los Angeles Lawn Replacement


BEFORE

AFTER
(waiting for a Bird Bath for center of DG, left side)



Larchmont Village Border Planting

BEFORE

AFTER




















MATURE




Los Angeles Lawn Removal


BEFORE: Rose Bushes Along Driveway





AFTER: New Pathway Along Driveway



BEFORE
AFTER: 4 Months After Planting




AFTER: One and a half Years After Planting


Hancock Park Front Yard & Porch

BEFORE: Impractical Path

AFTER: Easy Access and Stone Accents



Van Nuys Front Yard


BEFORE


AFTER: Drought-tolerant mixed plantings


Los Angeles Back Yard (Newly Planted)

BEFORE: Walls, Walls, Everywhere!

AFTER: Trees, Plants, and Flowers!
































Eagle Rock Back Yard


BEFORE
AFTER: Drought-tolerant Cottage Garden surrounds lawn



Los Feliz Back Yard Makeover

BEFORE: Dilapidated Brick Patio and Asphalt

AFTER: Newly-planted Lawn, Concrete Pavers, Pergola
































Los Angeles Curb Appeal



BEFORE: Driveway only access to Front Door

AFTER: New Pathway, Drought-tolerant Plants



BEFORE

AFTER: Ipe Screen, New Steps, Plantings



Los Angeles Courtyard

BEFORE

AFTER



Whimsical Woodland Child's Garden

BEFORE: Under-utilized space

AFTER: Shady Play Area with Musical Mushrooms

































Children's Fairy Garden

BEFORE


AFTER: Kid-Friendly Plantings



 

















Los Angeles Front and Back Yards

Fence didn't go w/Modern Aesthetic

Newly Planted w/New Fence




BEFORE: Grass in shade not thriving
AFTER: Thriving Shade-loving Perennials




BEFORE

Newly Planted




























Burbank Cottage Garden



BEFORE: Lost Corner

AFTER: Flagstones, Pretty Plantings
















Los Feliz Back Yard


BEFORE
AFTER
Reduced Lawn, A/C Screen, Newly Planted





Drought-Tolerant Front Yard
BEFORE: Thirsty Lawn

















AFTER: Thriving Natives



















Sherman Oaks Back Yard
BEFORE: Unused Patio













AFTER: Thriving Border, New Patio, Painted Walls


Los Angeles Backyard Patio

BEFORE: Forgotten Fireplace













AFTER: Beautiful Fireplace, Wall, and Plantings













Larchmont Village Veggie Garden      



BEFORE

The Veggies that ate Hancock Park




























Los Angeles Back Yard
BEFORE: Bare Fence
Newly-Planted Cottage Garden

Los Angeles Front Yard

BEFORE: Weeds and Unhappy Plants

AFTER: Composed Planting




Please see "Before and After" Blog Posts for Commentary (see list at top right)