Posts Tagged ‘Garden Design’

Situated high on a cliff with gorgeous views of the sea is the botanical garden, Santa Clotilde. It was designed by Nicolau Rubio i Tuduri in 1919 and was claimed to be the most important private garden of 20th century Spain.


The garden is reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance style with manicured shrubs, statues and beautiful fountains.

It’s a gorgeous garden with Italian cyprus, agaves, cactus, purple & white Agapanthus, ivy, oleander and many more lovely plants.


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Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with a client on a project along the coast of Central California. We landscaped the backyard first and then several months later worked on the front yard. Recently, my client was kind enough to send me updated photos on the project’s progress.















 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

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Enjoying a beautiful meal on the patio is something many of us love to do and with the weather finally cooling down, especially here in Southern California, I’m looking forward to spending more of my evenings outside. A photo that has been a big inspiration to me, for this very purpose, is the one below from House Beautiful.

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Get the Look!

  1. Wooden Bowl
  2. Verona Ivory Flatware
  3. Pillow
  4. Outdoor Table
  5. Chandelier
  6. Tablecloth 
  7. Glassware 
  8. Candle Holders
  9. Mirror

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Do you have an area in your garden that is just missing a little something special? A focal point to make that corner or walkway a little more interesting? By adding a piece of pottery to that area, you’ve not only created a more interesting space but also added beauty & texture. Below are some of my favorite examples.

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If I’ve convinced you and you’re ready to add a piece of gorgeous pottery to your garden, I would visit your local nursery or antique store for that perfect piece. Two other resources I really like for pottery are Restoration Hardware & Eye of The Day.

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The garden was designed by the late Owen Peters in 1990 and surrounds a Thornton Ladd-designed modernist house completed around 1950. The garden was then again updated in 2012 by Amy Korn and Matt Randolph of Korn Randolph, as well as by landscape designer Judy Horton.

unnamed-18The Agaves were my favorite, along with Purple Smoke Bush in the background — so pretty. Other plants in this area of the garden are: Westringia, Olive, White Crepe Myrtles, Rosemary, Waxleaf and deciduous flowering Magnolia.

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A big thank you to The Garden Conversancy’s volunteers, as well as all the hosts who so kindly opened up their homes to allow us into their private world for a day.

This Saturday, it’s the Los Angeles Open Days tour, which covers mostly the westside of Los Angeles. If anyone is interested in going, click here for more information.

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One of my favorite things to do each spring is to attend The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days which are held all over the country. This past weekend the tour took place in Pasadena, which never disappoints.


Many homes in Pasadena are built on hillsides which makes it a bit more tricky when designing. This home sits on 2 1/2 acres and was originally designed by architect Louis DuPuget Millar in 1908. It was recently updated by architect David Serrurier. This photo looks out onto the pool terrace from a wisteria-laden dining terrace seen in the photo below.


The outdoor dining terrace situated under beautiful wisteria.


The homeowner chose some gorgeous lights to hang above the outdoor dining table.


All the gardens on the tour were beautiful, though I unfortunately missed one of the gardens designed by Judy Horton. Of those I viewed, I especially enjoyed the garden designed by Nod Eriksson (featured in this post). He was on site answering questions and talking about his work on this particular project.


Me, taking a photo of the lovely fountain pictured below.


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Trimmed boxwood and antique urns lead guests into the rose garden.


My photo doesn’t do this main entrance justice. The details were really lovely. Especially delightful were the water feature, herringbone brick walkway and beautifully potted gardenia. Other plants used in this area were, iceberg rose, boxwood, and lamb’s ear. Not visible in this distant picture, are delicate pink roses, called Eden, outlining the entry.


Beautiful potted gardenia


Clipped Boxwood and Pittosporum

Later in the week I’ll post another garden which had the most gorgeous agave.

If you would like to see more lovely gardens, just click on my category “garden tours” on the right.



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The Home, Before

With this project, I really wanted to highlight certain parts of the exterior, as well as add warmth to the home by incorporating more color and texture.

unnamed-27Above, my inspiration behind this Long Beach project. I wanted to bring a bit of old world charm along with California influences to the exterior. In order to do this I brought in antique light fixtures, a water feature and wonderful easy Southern California plants like the iceberg rose and agave.


Our first task was to paint the home (which required quite a few samples).


 It worked out nicely because the neighbors next door to my client wanted to join in on the fun — so we were able to do both yards at the same time!


Beds are prepped and ready for plants & flagstone.


I found these beautiful lights at one of my favorite salvage stores. They came off of a Mediterranean estate in Beverly Hills and I knew they would be perfect for this project.





We planted tons of water wise plants like orange kangaroo paw, purple salvia, blue fescue, iceberg rose, rosemary and agave. Once everything starts to grow in, the front yard will have tons of color and texture.


For me, it’s the little things that make me happy on a project, like when I found these amazing boulders that look like they’ve been plucked from the ocean.


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We added red mandevilla, a vine, on either side of the garage that will eventually frame the garage, adding color, as well as soften the front of the home.


A water feature near the front door.


We placed two tall limestone planters on either side of the front door. Like most things, they’ll get prettier with age.





Though it’s hard to tell in the photo because the plants are so young, in between all the flagstone is the ground cover – silver carpet – that will spread and add even more color and texture to the landscape.

I can’t thank the clients enough for being so wonderful to work with! I’m really looking forward to seeing this landscape mature over the years to come!

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