Archive | 2015

What to know about the challenges of installing drought-tolerant landscapes (and the effects of the DWP rebate program)

  Greetings! At Hope Gardens, the past six months have been an exciting time of growth. The DWP rebate has opened up the possibility of full-scale landscaping to hundreds of people who otherwise would not have considered swapping out their soul-sucking sod for a drought-tolerant, wildlife-attracting paradise. We have had the opportunity to work with […]

Landscaping Layout Examples

Hi all! I know design can seem very daunting so I wanted to share some ideas with you. When placing plants think about groupings, repetition, scale, height and follow the forms of your home and your hardscape. Here in this recent install we use complimentary and contrasting colors with unique heights and shapes. Let’s take […]

Historic Sperling Nursery closing

Sometimes life is very hard to understand. Finding a silver lining or figuring out a place to file it is pointless. It just sucks. With tragic irony, the beloved Joni Mitchell is speechless and recently re-hospitalized in Los Angeles after an aneurysm. I can’t help but acknowledge this as I tell you that the Sperling […]

Don’t Terminate

I’ve had an incredible response to my post about those gravel fields passing for California-friendly gardens which are being installed everywhere.  A lot of people started to question what they REALLY wanted their yards to look like…how they wanted them to function…and how those decisions would impact the natural world around them. But I think […]