Xeriscapes, Planted Walls (a.k.a. Planter Walls or Living Walls), Butterfly Gardens, Bird Gardens, Wildlife Gardens, Wildflower Meadows, Geographic Gardens & Plant Collection Gardens for Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, the Coachella Valley and Southern California
We are uniquely qualified to design these sorts of specialty naturalistic environments because of our extensive knowledge and experience with natural environments in Southern California, geologic and climatic conditions, plants and animals.
We can design you a xeriscape that is not only water-efficient, but is incredibly beautiful. We know just what the needs are of all kinds of wildlife in Southern California. No matter what you want to attract and provide for – hummingbirds, other bird species, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, small mammals, etc., we can do it best and make it look fabulous. We can design landscapes of general environmental types with plants from such environments from around the world, or we can design geographically-specific landscapes utilizing only plants native to that specific region. And we can design gardens that provide the ideal conditions for any kind of plant collection, such as cacti and other succulents, bromeliads, tropical plants, bog plants, etc.
Basically, if you have a difficult, unusual or particular need that has something to do with certain environmental conditions, plants or animals, we are the ones who can help you.
Serving Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, the Coachella Valley and Southern California.
Planted Seam Patios
Although we do not do landscaping per se, we do a few limited kinds of landscape elements, which involve special uses of plants and other natural materials. Our primary specialty in this area is the planted seam patio. These are reminiscent of the sort of exterior surfaces one might see in old-world estates or villas, where stone paved areas have weathered and cracked over time, with volunteer plants sprouting up through the spaces. It is a very rich, stately, ancient look
These patios can be made to evoke the feeling of an English cottage, Tuscan villa or any other style. They can be more formal and evenly flat, or informal and rugged. There are many different textures and colors of stone that can be used. There are scores of specialty plants we use, which are often referred to as “stepables”, that are suited to various environments, remain low and compact, spread to fill in the seams between stones, love to be tread upon and many of which produce lovely little blooms.
In the projects shown here, the homeowners had their plain, uninspiring concrete surfaces taken out, then we installed these beautiful planted seam surfaces.
A Western Red-rock Mountain to Desert Environment
This homeowner wanted a front yard that complimented and enhanced her southwest-style home. We designed this garden, which simulates a western red-rock mountain environment, with an expansive waterfall, dwarf conifers, montane-looking deciduopus trees, which were specifically selected for their ability ro produce nice fall leaf colors in the warm Southern California autumns, and other suitable perennials and annuals.
As the stream winds across the yard, the landscape through which it passes changes to a more desert/chaparral environment, with different species of conifers, sages, and other typical plants from such a habitat. The theme continues to the planted-seam front walkway and the entry planter, where we pruned and shaped a neglected, overgrown Japanese maple into a lovely specimen tree.
A Southern California Native Granite Canyon Stream Garden
This garden in a raised planter area beside the backyard pool and patio was designed to simulate the kind of canyon environments common in many of Southern California’s mountain foothill areas, but with a wider variety of plants suited to such an environment. The stone is the attractive native granite found throughout the area. It is used in many of the buildings and hardscapes in cities throughout inland Southern California, even being written into the building codes in some cities. It is used in all of the retaining walls in this back yard.
The garden features an upper artesian spring waterfall, a long, winding, ruching stream and a lower waterfall that empties into a pond in a shaded woody area in the side yard. The garden includes several varieties of dwarf conifers, many varieties of succulents and cacti, sages, bunching grasses, dwarf iris and other flowering perennials, etc.
Many kinds of birds, butterflies and other wildlife use this garden. Two different species of native treefrogs breed in the water feature, the Pacific treefrog, which prefers the pond, and the California treefrog, which likes to sit on the granite rock along the rushing stream.
A Small Front Yard Waterfall Garden
This pretty little waterfall, pond and surrounding garden was designed for the front sitting area of a Southern California home. The owner wanted a pleasant environment where she could sit, chat and have tea with her neighborhood friends. The stone used was a rugged lava that gives a very dramatic look. It facilitates the creation of numerous pockets throughout the waterfall where we planted various types of bog/water-loving plants with many textures and flowers. The surrounding area was planted to create a lush, cool woodland look.
The owner selected a small group of pretty goldfish at a local pond store to live in the pond. She and her friends enjoy hand-feeding the fish. Though it has a relatively small square footprint, the pond is quite deep, and we designed the pond perimeter with overhanging rock ledges and included other rocky shelters within the pond body to help protect the fish from possible predators, such as neighborhood cats, raccoons and herons. The waterfall itself sustains a large bacterial biomass to help maintain good water quality and also facilitates good aeration of the water. As with all our installations, this waterfall and pond is solidly built of the finest materials for strength, reliability and longevity. A small water feature like this is well within the budget of almost any homeowner.
We can design you a fantastically beautiful and ecologically desirable wildflower garden that is planted with species which are perfectly suited to your particular climate. With simple maintenance, the flowers will come back and look better every year. Your meadow can include lovely species from similar climates around the world, or it can include only species native to your particular geographic area. This would be desirable if you wish to create habitat that will benefit native birds, butterflies, insects and other wildlife.