A reflective swimming pool is bordered by a multicolored stone wall in the garden of this La Jolla, California, home. At its foot, a matching stone fireplace is situated to warm guests as they lounge on oversized wicker sofas. A trellis canopied with classically styled shrubs is a natural barrier offering additional privacy.
Digging is at the heart of gardening, and one of the quickest ways to tuck seedlings into soil is with a hand trowel. Look for trowels with an ergonomic design to lessen hand and wrist fatigue. Trowel blades with inch markings take the guesswork out of proper planting depth. Trowels that feature a seamless handle-blade design won’t break or fall apart. Other hand tools worth considering are a short handled pick mattock (for rocky soil); a Korean hand plow (often sold as a ho-mi and one of the most versatile tools ever conceived); and a sturdy weeder (cobra head type works like a gem).
Tiers of stone walls and wooden fences add depth and layers to a backyard garden's sparsely planted shrubbery and topiary. A sloping natural stone formation draws the eye downward to a platform seating area where a fire pit of inlaid stonework complements a stone bench embedded with warm accent lighting.
The Splash Boxx bio retention planter system is basically a mobile rain garden in a steel container. It adapts the principles of rain garden water filtration to a container that can be used in any location. Rain water runoff from rooftops moves by gravity feed into perforated drain pipes that deposit the water into the garden. This container is deep enough (at least 3 feet of growing depth) to host traditional rain garden plants, including Japanese maple and slough sedges.
For this project you'll need two small wood planters, fresh mood moss, clear plastic wrap, small river rocks, floral tape or clear tape, miniature fairy garden accessories, faux gold gems and five to seven small green potted plants in a variety of shades and heights. Line the insides of both planters with plastic wrap and secure with tape around the top rims. Fill the bottom of each planter with a handful of small river rocks for drainage, then stack the planters to add depth and interest. Create a custom design by staging plants and garden accessories before planting. Once you've achieved the desired look, remove plants from pots, loosen the roots and plant, filling empty space with potting soil. Lightly water the soil before covering with moss and adding leprechaun garden accessories.
In coldest regions, shutting down a waterfall for winter makes sense for several reasons. You save on energy costs, extend the life of equipment and also avoid having ice dams form. A running waterfall in winter cools pond water quickly and to a greater depth, potentially lowering water temperature to a point that’s unhealthy for fish. In place of a waterfall, add an aeration system to the pond for winter to add air to the water.
This lush green garden with a gorgeous mix of trees, shrubs and flowering plants creates depth, making the most of texture and color. White bench seating sits in the shade, providing a comfortable spot to take in the garden's full beauty.
The garden courtyard of this Point Lorna, California, villa home takes on greater depth spilling out over two levels. A footbridge designed to traverse a sunken swimming pool leads to stairs which continue the journey into lush topiary features.
The lush but overgrown garden in this La Jolla home has been reshaped with sculpted classical lines while still giving texture and depth alongside the borders of this pathway. The stone path crosses through a trellis wound with vines and a stone pillared archway canopied with lush greenery that both hides and belies the open garden courtyard set in the distance.
A sunken bocce court is separated from the swimming pool in the backyard garden of this La Jolla, California, garden home by a curated blend of topiary, shrubbery, and beds of wildflowers. The once overgrown garden maintains its wild origins while remaining classically styled. In the background multicolored stonework walls are broken up, adding depth, color, and texture to the environment.
A mix of vintage and modern pieces creates a one-of-kind space. Two large mirrors flanking French doors add depth to the room. The white upholstered chairs and cowhide rug create an elegant reading vignette near the outdoor gardens.
An existing stonework pathway and seating area is buffeted by natural border features including a backyard lawn and sloping tiers of curved stonework walls which add fluidity to the property's borders while adding depth to an elevated garden. Complementing the borders are the arced lines of an inlaid stone fire pit and bench.
To maximize the views from inside the house, the majority of the outdoor living space was placed on the street-side front yard. A pool was a must for the clients. The existing 60-year old Dragon Tree on site was carefully protected throughout construction and formed the inspiration around which the house and garden were designed. The tree shaped the garden and planting palette, while providing the depth and age a new home may lack.
A platform seating area built upon inlaid stonework flooring is home to a stone fire pit and bench. The bench is embedded with accent lighting that complements the fire's warm glow, while outdoor seating made of woven wicker complements the landscape's rich texture. In the distance, a tiered garden rich in topiary features and formed by sloping stone walls provides depth and privacy to the home's occupants.
Mulch is the No. 1 secret to low maintenance gardening. Apply it in a layer 2 to 3 inches thick, and it will help suppress weeds (less weeding for you) and reduce water evaporation from soil (less watering for you). Maintain mulch by applying a fresh layer as needed to maintain that ideal depth. In warm regions, you may need to apply mulch twice a year. In zones with cold winters, an annual mulch should be sufficient.