Front Yard Design and Hardscape


University Heights, CA


April 2016

When I arrived at this University Heights property, I could see the bones through waist high weeds!

Eclectic stonework weaved through the landscape drawing my eye from room to garden room all throughout the landscape. After removing some tired shrubs, clearing the weeds and breaking down a dilapidated fence, we got to work bringing the magic!


Greg weaved a path of flagstones to greet his creation of a stone and pebble mandala at the garden center while I went to work rehabbing a neglected, mature Meyer Lemon tree.

Succulent Tapestries were installed along the existing entry path and throughout the garden space. We installed glazed pottery vases filled with Pedilanthus bracteatus to grace the double front doors, and stuffed the window boxes full of colorful succulents, en masse.

Greg fixed a whimsical broken old pump, adding a water element to this charming new garden oasis! Exterior illuminates were installed, and all pre-existing irrigation was capped. The client now looks forward to hand-watering the garden, as it provides an opportunity to spend some quality time with the succulents.

The results are breathtaking, and the clients are thrilled with their new succulent haven. Maintenance will be minimal, and one visit per year should be all that's needed to keep this garden glorious.

Click here to hear what the owners have to say.

Succulent Tip of the Day - Part I
Succulent Tip of the Day - Part II
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