Saturday, August 7, 2010







i took photos of all of these plants waiting patiently in our holding zone to go into their new home this week. i feel that having a tight color palette is so important to a garden. it's really what ties the design together. this one is such a lovely mix of colors and textures with the silver artemesia, dudleya and salvia to the pink echeveria, heuchera, thyme and sedum.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

the wild side




recent photos of a garden install from march '09...

linda wanted a wild feeling garden and she loves color. i was inspired by the gorgeous newly built house. we used sculptural agave attenuata, agave vilmoriana and those gorgeous olive trees (which look like they've been there forever!) to create structure within the space. the wildness comes from the lavenders, sages and groundcover geraniums. i love the final effect after the plants have filled in. it feels like you are on a santa barbara estate - not a small lot in manhattan beach.

i'll try to get photos of the back soon which includes a built in jacuzzi, beautiful fountain, built in bbq zone, and a covetable fire pit.