3417 Cabrillo Blvd

This beautifully designed garden has inspired many neighbors to pursue a lawn-free front yard.

The owners bought their home in 2006 and wanted to create a low maintenance front yard with a natural and woodsy feel.  The use of natural and organic materials was very important to their plan.  The have pebbles and boulders from Indonesia mixed into the landscape with recycled furniture from their far-flung travels to complete the idyllic feel.

The garden has morphed into a wonderful space where they make use of a private deck with beautiful succulents and Podocarpus Henkelii on the side and Silver Sheen Pittosporum in the front. 

The front portion of the yard has a small cluster of birch trees with red kangaroo paws flanking a rock fountain.  The elegant fountain has become a playground for birds. The garden also boasts regular visits from hummingbirds.

To add color, they planted a short row of Hot Cocoa Roses in front of the low wall.  These plants can get by with watering 1 or 2 days per week depending on the time of the year.

Other plants used: Dymondia for the ground cover and Flax for the front strip. The Landscape Designer is  Mike Mendoza Arborist of M&M Gardens.