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5/18/08 on The Garden Police: "Tarzan Stops Here"



The Garden Plan:
The yard had no irrigation, so Bob Silva of the Rain Bird Corporation came out and helped us design a new low water drip irrigation system for our new Mediterranean style garden. The focal points in the front yard were the olive tree and the arched window.The focal point in the courtyard was also an olive tree and a new cobalt fountain surrounded by cobble that sat its feet. We even painted the trim of the house an ochre yellow to contrast with our cobalt blue accents with Dunn Edwards paint!

Instead of grass in the front yard, we decided to put in a decomposed granite floor and planted it with rosemary to fill in the area. We created new mounded beds with 50/50 soil mix from the American Soil Company (Michael and I wanted to recycle and use as many plants already on the property such as the agaves and camellias but they all had to be moved to new locations). We salvaged some of the healthiest succulents from David's collection and repotted them and displayed them anew in the revamped courtyard. We added some new plants in gray and apricot to play off the colors of the olive tree and tile roof of the house. Then the courtyard was furnished with all new metal furniture from the Iron Man Wrought Iron Furnishings Company in Long Beach.


We recycled the agaves in the new front garden.


Festuca, lavender and red sage for the new garden.


The metal trellis from Iron Man carries the design motif into the courtyard.



Cobalt fountain from Beckett Corporation is detailed with cobble and succulents.





 

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