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Glorious Aloes

Glorious Aloes

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog, Featured Plants | 0 comments

With their vivid torch-like blooms and sculptural forms, aloes are jewels of the winter garden in Southern California. Though most of the 300-400 species are indigenous to Africa and Madagascar, and if protected from frost, they thrive in our climate with minimal water or care. In their form, aloes range from clustering — with rosettes multiplying...

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Fall Color and Texture in the California Garden

Fall Color and Texture in the California Garden

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Our brief rainstorm last week was a welcome reminder that fall is almost here.  In Southern California’s Mediterranean climate, fall is sometimes called the “second spring.” After the heat of summer when many native and Mediterranean plants slip into dormancy, many plants will have a burst of spring-like blooms. If what you’re...

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Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Blog | 5 comments

A relaxing outdoor seating area continues to be one of the most requested features from my clients. Here a few tips to consider when planning your own: How will you use the space? For intimate gatherings? Large parties? Make sure you allow enough room to enjoy the area the way you would like to.  For instance, a sofa and two chairs usually requires a...

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Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Blog, Out and About, The New Front Porch | 0 comments

Why plant a rain garden? You might assume that something with the words rain and garden next to each other does not immediately sound feasible for drought-stricken Southern California.  But rain gardens are a form of water harvesting — a way to capture and filter water that would otherwise flow into storm drains and eventually, the ocean. They...

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Sneak Peek: South Pasadena Garden Tour

Sneak Peek: South Pasadena Garden Tour

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

With the event just a month away, I thought you might enjoy previewing the four beautiful properties on South Pasadena Beautiful’s annual Garden Tour. The gardens are wonderfully diverse, including a playful Mediterranean garden; an informal, primarily native garden; a traditional garden with lovely outdoor rooms; and a very large, meandering...

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