Plant placement at a front yard in Carpinteria, CA. The plant palette is 100% succulent plantings with less focus on flower color and more emphasis on contrasting foliage colors. A few favorite plants on this project are: Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm), Beschorneria 'Flamingo Glow' (Variegated Amole), Aloe 'Hercules' (Hercules Aloe), Crassula 'Hummel's Sunset' (Golden Jade), and Senecio serpens (Dwarf Blue Chalksticks).
La Cumbre Junior High School Edible Garden ribbon cutting ceremony was yesterday. We are proud to have been part of this project!
This new underground 10,200 gallon stormwater collection system (which is actually (6) 1,700 gallon tanks) is currently being installed on a residential project here in Santa Barbara. This system will capture valuable rainwater which will be used for the irrigation of edible and ornamental plantings. Installation by DD Ford and Schwan Brothers Construction.
A new pocket park in Sylmar, CA was just completed! This park features a tot lot, ADA accessible picnic areas, and drought tolerant California native trees, grasses and shrubs. Installation by Landscape Development Inc. (LDI).
The clients of this mesa area home needed additional shade on their rear patio. Below are before and after photos of how the new trellis transformed their back yard living area.
You don't always need plants to have an interesting landscape. This contemporary small residential back yard (which is currently under construction) features a swooping black and white contrasting gravel pattern with rusted steel edging, bold and bright colors, and raised deck to take advantage of the ocean views.
This trellis and outdoor fireplace were recently completed to enhance the outdoor living spaces at this existing beachfront Santa Barbara home. The trellis provides much needed shade both inside and outside the south side of the home and was constructed higher than a typical trellis to preserve views to the ocean and to better complement the architecture of the existing house. LED down lights and outdoor heating were also integrated into the trellis so it could be used during evening hours. The fireplace was constructed of Santa Barbara Sandstone veneer and burns using natural gas. Installation by Johnathan Anselmo / Custom Built SB.
A preliminary landscape plan for a historic Spanish colonial ranch home nestled in the orchards of 500+ acre ranch in the mountains of the front country of Santa Barbara.
Here is a video of an online class I taught to a class of rambunctious 7th graders in Texas about the applications of math in the design of a park.