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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.

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SEVERAL PLANTS I USED ON THIS PROJECT

 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

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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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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.

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

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 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!

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Beds are prepped and ready for plants & flagstone.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A water feature near the front door.

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

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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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Although, this garden tour happened a couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed it so much I really wanted to share my two favorite gardens with you. This first one, situated on three lots in Brentwood, was just gorgeous. From its “multi-purpose barn” to the layout of the vegetable garden to the many wonderful seating areas — I walked away with some beautiful ideas.

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The multi-purpose barn in the background

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Inside the barn

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Small orchard

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Seating area near the main house

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Dining area

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Beautiful little play house with climbing rose

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The main house

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Loved this rustic pergola with dining area and fireplace

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Climbing rose on pergola

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Another seating area with fire pit

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Next time, my favorite garden on the tour — a gorgeous gem in Santa Monica.

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