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Last year we took on a landscaping project to transform a large, uninspired space into a highly impactful, low-maintenance garden.
We’re proud to have finished this project and are now (impatiently) waiting to see all of the flora bloom this summer. This post details our experiences planning and delivering the project.
Planning & Preparation
The majority of the time we spent on the project was centered around design planning.
We’d long dreamed of making this area something visually impactful, but the required planning, preparation, and physical labor to do this project correctly kept us from giving this project our full attention.
California’s pandemic stay-at-home orders shifted our energy from travel to our homesteading and permaculture projects. After creating a lemon orchard, we went around the property, taking a critical eye to each space and considering how we might better create cohesion and uniformity.
We used our newfound weekend time to browse landscape architecture blog and Pinterest boards to determine what kinds of trees, plants and flowers encapsulated our style and flowed with existing elements.
From there we began formulating a plan: what would it take to execute this project?
Our starting point
Research & Selection Criteria
Once we had a sense of our ideal aesthetic, we researched plants that would gorgeously come together during their bloom months, and remain evergreen during the fall and winter.
We included the following parameters in our selection criteria:
- USDA Zone 9 Hardiness Growth Zone (plants that are most likely to thrive in this particular climate)
- 50/50 sun-shade ratio
- Low water requirements, ideally xeriscape
- Low overall maintenance requirements (deadheading, pruning, mulch, fertilizing etc.)
- Variety of color and texture
With this criteria in mind, we talked to our local nurseries and referenced blogs for insider tips around ongoing care and maintenance for certain plant varietals. We decided to incorporate the following plants into our design:
- Pink Mulhy Grass
- Lirope Grass/ Royal Purple
- Westringia / Wynyabbie Gem
- Society Garlic
- Agapanthus / Lily of the Nile
- Sedum / “Brilliant” (Stonecrop)
- Agastache (Hyssop)/ Blue Fortune Hummingbird
- Jacaranda Tree
- Crepe Myrtles / Twilight