Ever want to just try a few seeds without having to run all over creation, hefting giant and expensive seed packs around? Just a few seeds? What harm is there in it? If you have a seed or variety of vegetable you want to try, give me a shout in the comments and I will […]
Using different hardscape materials, clumping bamboo, fountain grass, pittosporum, flax, society garlic, succulents and fountains and sculpture. I think tucking it under an existing tree, the shade adds to the peaceful feeling.
Here’s a list of all the great groundcovers and low-growing plants you can add to your parkway and still get the DWP rebate. Great So Cal Groundcovers
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 […]
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 […]
“Despite the gardener’s best intentions, nature will improvise.” Michael P. Garafalo Plant failure happens. And sometimes there’s no reason to be found. Weeds are a part of life and you will never be completely rid of them. There is no such thing as a maintenance-free, problem-free garden. There is no such thing as totally organic. […]
We define organic as natural, gentle, non-invasive and respectful.
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 […]
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 […]