11834 Pacific Avenue

Last year this backyard garden was newly planted - treat yourself to seeing how spectacular it is now that it is established!

The garden project began with the dilemma of how to remove all the grass from a very large backyard and still make the space aesthetically pleasing and inviting while allowing their Labrador retriever to chase and play with her doggie friends without destroying delicate plantings. Working with Kiki Christensen of re:source, they created a dramatic Zen garden environment with a large expanse of gravel bordered by sturdy drought resistant, California native and Mediterranean trees and plants.

With an eye to conservation and recycling, an old concrete patio was broken up and the pieces were used to build walls and raised beds in the new garden. All grass was removed and replaced with gravel and flagstone. The gravel allows the site to catch storm water and provides for percolation and infiltration of storm water into the ground

Bougainvillea was planted for color; podocarpus and Buddha’s Belly bamboo as a screen for privacy; cordyline and flax for drama; agapantha because it was already growing prolifically on the property; lavender and rosemary for fragrance and color; purple statice and neon-red firestick for intense spot color.