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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Cape Cod Garden

  • This broad border produces color throughout the seasons. Bright Carmine marguerite daisies command attention in spring, while white Iceberg roses are waiting in the wings. Next up will be the tall, upright buddleia bushes, which will offer sustenance to butterflies by way of nectar from their purple, cone-shaped clusters of flowers. The Japanese maple will turn crimson in fall, followed by mounds of Japanese anemones blooming in pink and white. Meanwhile, the yellow Bitsy daylilies, Mexican heather and bloody cranesbill edging the lawn are just about always in bloom.

  • From the family room steps, the view had been of green on green, with just a dot of white from the utility shed. Now the shed, newly painted green, fades into the distance. It will eventually disappear from view, once the trio of coast redwoods gains size. In the meantime, masses of Wendy coral bells and pink marguerite daisies clamor for attention just beyond the much smaller lawn.

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The Amazing Shrinking Lawn

Hope Ranch Annex

A wall-to-wall carpet of grass has given way to a more manageable sweep of turf surrounded by masses of flowering perennials, ground covers and shrubs in this back yard garden.

Previously, the lawn extended all the way to an open alley. We installed a fence, gate and arbor to screen the view, leaving just enough room outside the fence to create a new motor court adjacent to the alley.

Within the garden, we shrunk the lawn and transformed the formerly all-green entry into a flowery welcome for guests, complete with boulders, lighting, a new bench and new decomposed granite paths that lead from the driveway to the family room, enclosed patio and beyond. The paths are flanked by swaths of colorful, water-conserving plants, including fragrant lavender, sweet Santa Barbara daisies, long-blooming species geraniums and Wendy coral bells.