Thursday, August 6, 2015

Satisfied ~

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 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.


  1. Your garden is beautiful; as is the rest of your blog ! Hello from your new follower in France !

  2. I think your front looks terrific. I wish mine looked as nice as yours. If I had the time and money I would like something like yours. Don't you just love that Santa Barbara Daisy. I would say that you have done an outstanding job on your garden.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Absolutely amazing Adrienne! Oh, you sure shouldn't ever miss that lawn that was there :))) This is beautiful!
    sending hugs...

  4. It's incredibly beautiful. The design is lovely and so interesting with the mix of textures, plants and varying heights. Love the rocks, gravel and your fountain. Well done! You should be satisfied.

  5. Absolutely exquisite. We have been here for 25 years, and we still make changes in the gardens on our property.

    Please come share with us for Pink Satuday.

  6. I agree, it is so pretty and would love for mine to look like that.

  7. My computer has been in the shop for a few days and I'm finally getting around to try to catch up. Your garden is wonderful. I can see that it brings such a cottage feeling the moment you step in!

  8. I absolutely love your California cottage garden. It's perfect.

  9. Adrienne, I love it. It looks totally in sinc with the style of your home and I think you have more than realized your dream for it. In this drought, we really do have to be thinking of new ways to do things.We have quite a large lawn, which now looks like a dead mess. We have been dreaming about something more drought tolerant and have a few ideas, that we hopefully can get to before too long..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  10. You certainly did do it right! Your lovely garden is magical, I love the rambling paths with beautiful features at every turn. What a pleasure to stroll through!


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