It has been a year since I removed my front lawn and put in a new garden.
My hope was that I could create a space that would use much less water, be easy to maintain, be consistent stylistically with the rest of the garden and to do it all with little cost.
Here, a year later you can see the results. A landscape is never really finished, there is always some things that need to be changed, and some errors to address, such as plants that don't flourish, grow too quickly...or horrors! Die.
But generally speaking I am pleased. I think I have accomplished what I wanted to do. This area now consists of plants more accommodating to our climate and yet have a cottage garden feel...or I guess that would be a California cottage garden feel.
The boxwood hedge around the roundel has not completely filled in and instead of planting roses I have left the Santa Barbara Daisy run rampant around the fountain, which because of the drought remains unfilled, and I need to tweak some details; this fall I would like to add some Ceanothus, But I am pleased with how it has grown in and thrived, all in rather adverse conditions.
I think I rather like this better than the lawn.
This post is for Tim...as far as the replacement of California lawns, I hope I fall in the category of those who did it right. Somehow I think you would approve.
Thank you for visiting.