A garden buddy and I stopped to admire a lawnless property in the neighborhood.
Raised berms around the edge of the front garden provide privacy and noise reduction. It is situated on a busy corner. The soil came from a nearby pool dig.
Plants included succulents such as Aloes and Agaves, native Salvias, California native plants such as Ceanothus, Artostaphylos and a native Oak. There were also rocks and boulders.
There was a lush feel to the garden, even though the space was not crammed full of plants. The plants were mature but not overgrown.
Agaves and Salvia apiana, which is native to this area.
The rocks added to the natural feel; the whole effect was beautiful. This garden won a local "Water Wise" contest in 2009, so the plants have been in place at least six or seven years.
While we were admiring the work, the man who lived next door to this home stopped to chat. It turned out he was the designer. We complemented him on his work, and he mentioned he'd also done the house at the end of the block. We went to have a look at that one, too.
Good plant choices, just in need of appropriately timed cut backs...
From the side of the property:
This is also a corner property. An pre-existing-to-the-project tree on the corner, a curved wall faced in stone, a small UC Verde Buffalo Grass lawn, currently dormant.
A deck on the side of the home.
At the side of the home was a vegetable garden hidden behind a stylish fence. The garage door is to the right in this photo.
This project was done four years ago.
Time for a bit of editing, but lots of happy healthy good looking plants...
This was the designer's home. He said he's working on a Permaculture garden. He also said the cobbler's children never have shoes. Obviously a lot of experimentation was going on.
He was starting seeds in recycled raingutters.
Besides a lot of experimenting, there was this really cool Opuntia out front. Opuntia gomei 'Old Mexico', perhaps?
Cool, eh? Like a weird creature chewing...
When I got home, another weird creature was chewing away...on her brother's ear.
You never know what you will find if you look.