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Patio of pervious concrete pavers hugged by 'area rugs' of turf grass
Custom steel and acrylic panels provide architectural interest as well as screening for storage area
Storage area gate
Garden steps with cabled railing
Cabled railing for safety and style
Blanket flower and companions
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen' with plum wall
Agonis flexuosa 'Jervis Bay Afterdark', burgundy-foliage selection of Australian Willow Myrtle
Pittosporum planted to provide privacy, perimeter wall painted plum
Courtyard softly illuminated at completion of planting in autumn 2012

Torrance Residence

Contemporary Rear Courtyard Garden

Private residential courtyard featuring Pervious Pedestrian Pavers and Modern Garden Steps by Stepstone, Inc., with storage area behind custom steel and acrylic screening. Cabled railings will provide assistance to a young grandchild and keep others safe as well. Small “area rugs” of turf are Paspalum vaginatum ‘Aloha’, a deep green Seashore Paspalum variant by Environmental Turf. Mediterranean climate, drought-adapted, perimeter planting will take a few years to mature.

Conceptual and Planting Designs: Janis Hatlestad, Better Earth Garden Design
Installation: John Bauman and Andy Bauman, Rolling Hills Landscape
Irrigation and Lighting: Mike Islander, Stewart-Jackson Sprinklers
Paving: Gonzalo Duarte, PaverPlus
Paving Material: Stepstone, Inc.
Railing, Screening and Gates: Jim Grzesek, Art Metal
(Fine team of professionals, each highly skilled in their specialties.)

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Permeable pathway bordered by salvaged and locally sourced stone and California native plants
Salvia 'Pozo Blue', hybrid sage selection
Peritoma arborea, Bladderpod
Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter', Creeping Mountain Lilac

San Miguel Garden

shown on Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour 2011

California native plant garden bisected by pathway symbolizing a dry stream, which fans out into a parkway garden presented as a stylized alluvial wash.

Drought tolerant planting, lawn replacement, permeable paving, repurposed materials.

Morrison Ranch Residence

traditional rear garden

Planting plan, croquet lawn. Planting will feature Amber Flower Carpet® Rose and Baby Pete Lily of the Nile in a raised bed beyond the pool. Green Tower® Boxwood, Cream de MintTM Dwarf Mock Orange, and Golf Ball Kohuhu will provide the foundation behind swathes of blue and white-flowering Lily of the Nile. (Hardscape designed by others.) Expected installation Spring 2010. Clients requested garden theme “Disney meets Bellagio.” Download GIF