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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Santa Barbara Style Garden

  • What began as a simple concept to pair the homeowner's verdigris wall fountain with a few succulents morphed into this fabulous focal point, complete with glazed Mexican tile, ceramic rope ribbons and shapely stucco planters that embrace an eclectic mix of succulents.

  • Let's give them something to crow about. Actually, the homeowner says this metal sculpture is a raven. But clumps of blue fescue, Santa Barbara daisies and a vibrant backdrop of Rosenka bougainvillea provide just enough breathing room for this beautiful boulder and its avian friend to make some noise.

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Bask in the Glow

Goleta Foothills

Casual, outdoor living is the hallmark of this west-facing garden. The warm glow of sunset is captured in the warm tones of the foliage and flowers, as well as in the welcoming shades of the terra cotta patio, boulders and stucco fountain. Soft grays and blues help to punctuate the effect.

Previously, the space had been beset by constantly wet soil and too much paving. We tore out the hardscape, revamped the drainage and installed new patios and flagstone paths. Rosenka bougainvillea, Little Gem magnolias and Bloodgood Japanese maples mask the walls, while billowy ornamental grasses and creeping ground covers form a tapestry of contrasting and complementary textures.

In a nod to the agricultural roots of Goleta -- and with a scattering of field crops and groves still within view in the distance -- we installed a low, split-rail fence, relocated existing apple and plum trees, planted a Meyer lemon tree and filled large ceramic pots with an assortment of culinary herbs.