Let’s return to a small, but well-designed front garden in La Jolla CA…while I don’t pretend to know all the plants, I’ll treat this as a design exercise, since for most of us, we don’t have a prayer of growing some of the plants. It’s z 11a / Sunset Zone 24, a couple blocks from the Pacific Ocean.
Yes, I took quite a few photos on my several day trip to see my aunt in San Diego! This is a “cram-it-style” garden.
Photos from 1/9/2014 –
My thoughts (I won’t pretend to know each plant)
a) wild forms mix with warm-region architecture, overstory and understory
b) xeric species, for most part (except Miscanthus spp)
c) function – walk through front to front door, scaled for space
d) plants in scale with space, architecture, and eventual size
e) using color (roses, succulents) as splashes, bones elsewhere
f) roses, which can get mildew in this damp, mild coastal climate, are limited
g) some plants pruned tightly, others allowed to grow naturally or spread (echoes of Philip Leveridge’s work and own home garden)
h) assymetrical balance (San Antonio Shirley)
i) so much variety, nicely composed and unified (Tucson Chris, Austin Deb)
j) small infill lot, making it all count – somehow serene
k) the Yucca rostrata skirt of dead foliage was left (more stately this way)
Do you see what makes this front garden work, or that you might do differently?
Since I failed to get some closer shots of this place, you can bet I’ll post more on it after my next San Diego trip.