Great Article on Lawn Reduction in the West!

Succulent Lovers and Water Conservationists!

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This article, titled “Succulents and Wildflowers Leave Water-Wasting Lawns in the Dust,” written by Heather Kathryn Ross and published on is a wonderful testament to the growing interest in lawn reduction or removal and the possibilities of creating a gorgeous, waterwise garden instead. With so many options of colors, styles, sizes, textures, etc., of succulents they’re use in California these days is really a no-brainer.

We are happy to make daily, positive contributions to the water conservation efforts in California and are even happier to see how Californians in general are making great efforts to do the same. By using a variety of succulents and other plants that drink responsibly, beautiful rocks, boulders and decomposed granite, we are able to accomplish the task of water conservation while still creating beautiful gardens for our clients.


Make sure to click here to see the full article!




Let’s keep up the good work, California!

Live Succulent Tapestry Installation!

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Event Info & Registration

Hello again! On Saturday, June 27th from 10am – 1pm, I will be conducting a live Succulent Tapestry installation at a lovely home in Thousand Oaks, CA. This event will be an opportunity for enthusiasts and landscape design professionals alike to see firsthand the transformation of a tired planter bed into a living work of drought-tolerant art. I recently participated in a similar event with the Queen of Succulents herself, Debra Lee Baldwin, in her incredible garden in San Diego. These opportunities do not come frequently, so don’t miss out!

The event will include light snacks and refreshments for all, as well as a small container and supplies with which to make your own small Succulent Tapestry to take home with you.

The cost of this event is $85, payable via PayPal or any major credit card. There is a link just below to complete the registration and payment.


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Fake Grass? Synthetic Turf?

As we find ourselves constantly on the bleeding edge of best-practices in California landscaping, the subject of fake grass/synthetic turf arises all of the time. While we have our own opinions on these lawn alternatives when it comes to aesthetics and functionality, we like to hear what others are saying about the subject. The blog post that we are linking to today offers some good insight on changing over to synthetic turf and what to expect after making the change.


ARTICLE: Fake Grass, Synthetic Turf or Stepford Lawns? from San Jose Green Home

It is probably worth mentioning that we almost always oppose the installation of synthetic turf, but we hope that this article can provide some useful information to those of you considering replacing that water guzzling lawn. Pass along the news to someone you know that might also be interested in lawn alternatives!

Bay Ho, San Diego Tapestry Project

Hey gang, we just wanted to keep you up to date on the Bay Ho project. It came out fantastic and our client couldn’t be happier with the results!

If your wondering how we did it, well we first whitewashed the existing brick retaining wall to give a softer, more organic look.

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We then converted existing spray irrigation to subterranean drip which is more efficient.

Then, two yards of topsoil were added to create gentle hills and valley’s though out the design.

Boulder placement was next with plant groupings to follow.

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The water now goes exactly where we want it with no more evaporation or runoff.

Then a flagstone pathway was woven though the installation.

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TIP: Before doing any planting, it is best to stage all your plants to

make sure your plant placement looks right and balanced for

your design.

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The finishing touches included the introduction of ten different types of rocks and pebbles.


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And waala! we have a beautiful tapestry!

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Here are some closeups!!!!

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