3721 Barry Avenue

This garden is truly an extension to the home. They have created areas for different activities - entertaining space, fire pit area, pool and sun deck area. Drought tolerant, California friendly, beautiful outside rooms.

The homeowner is a Garden Designer (Grow Garden Design) and the goal was to create space that had a strong sense of design and sense of place in our desert by the sea. They incorporated drought tolerant plants from around the world to create an outdoor environment that proves that drought tolerant gardens do not need to be hard, barren and uninviting.

The designer was most inspired by gardens that have a strong sense of design and drama whilst remaining climatically correct and site specific. They love the garden's created by Jay Griffith in Venice, a Dutch Garden Designer Piet Oudolf and Dan Pearson from England.

Irrigation is a combination of drip and conventional sprinkler. They water only occasionally between November and March. In the hotter months they can get away with a deep soak once per week. Water consumption is way down and there is no run off at all.

They love plants that have natural movement - grasses like Miscanthus sinensus and Stipa tenuissima. A favorite small tree is Cersis candensis -'forest Pansy' - it has something to offer all throughout the year. Succulents are also a big favorite for year round color and minimal maintenance. Agonis Flexuosa 'jervis Bay afterdark' is a current favorite. Last year they installed a raised vegetable bed.