Friday, October 20, 2017


Can California native plants grow in the same pot as herbs?  Well this is an experiment that I am trying.  On the one hand I love the idea of growing California native plants but on the other hand I also love the idea of growing herbs that I use often in cooking.  Since my garden is only 100 square feet, I have to get creative.  It is also a no land garden.  Meaning that there is no land to plant in.  No matter what I do, it will have to be in pots.

I have three pots.  A 15, 12 and 10 inch that bought at Plant Depot.  The plants are from Tree of Life Nursery and Green thumb Nursery.  In one 12" pot I planted some Ceanothus concha with a Dudleya and Yerba Buena.   In the 15" pot I planted a Pacific Wax Myrtle with a Dudleya and some Cilantro.  In the 10" pot I planted a Japatul Cleveland Sage with a Dudleya and Chives.  Watch the video to learn more about this experiment and to see a sneak peak at my patio garden.

Friday, October 13, 2017


I designed this garden in 2013 when I was still living in Tustin and thought it would be fun to go back as I do on and off and see how things were growing.  In this case the homeowners wanted a garden that was comprised of mostly California native plants.  There is also a seating area and a path that leads from the front door to the driveway.  They were very clear of what their vision was and had also decided to the work themselves.  It was a true DIY garden, that turned out nicely. 

I started the process by doing a thorough analysis of their yard in terms of sun/shade, views etc.  I then created two concepts that reflected what would realistically work in the space, my vision and also their desired use of the space.  From there after they had approved a concept, then I created a detailed drawing and worked with them to make sure that they were DIY-ing the garden properly.  This video is what it looks like now 4+ years later.

Friday, October 6, 2017


I love killing lawns and proposing a garden that is comprised of California native and drought tolerant plants.  Now don't get me wrong if you must have lawn (with a real need) then go ahead.  But if you no longer need the lawn then consider the alternative of having a garden that bring the local birds and butterflies to you garden.

In this case I was hired by a lovely husband and wife in San Juan Capistrano to kill their lawn and design a garden that kept their existing hardscape, pool/spa and mature trees and add some new paths along with plants that were mostly native to California.

What we ended up doing is finding flagstone that was an exact match to what they existing and creating paths to move around the garden with ease, created a somewhat secret garden area and big planting areas.  We also reused all the rocks that they already had.  Ultimately this garden turned out really nice and the clients are very happy. 

This video shows you the process of installation and the final product.  Enjoy!