We decided to have our backyard redone. It took a bit longer than we expected, but it’s finally done. Well, mostly. We decided to be eco-friendly and go with California friendly plants that are drought tolerant. Once established, we should be able to water most of the yard every 1-2 weeks. Which is what we do now, only now our yard should’t become a bunch of dead weeds.
We have a pretty big yard for L.A., and since we’ve moved in, it’s been a little rough looking and not very functional for our family. I wanted a nice garden area and some areas to sit and have guests, plus we have the tortoise who needs some space to roam and graze on grass, but not eat my growing veggies.
This is our lower level. The grass is going to be replaced with Buffalo grass in March when it’s the appropriate time to plant it. Buffalo grass is both drought tolerant and can be cut short like a typical yard or left long for a more ornamental look. This is where the kids will play mostly so I can keep an eye on them easily from the house (through my new French doors if I have my way).
This is the little planted area next to our lower patio. I love this area. There’s deer grass. I forget what the bushes are called, but they have those lovely fall colors all year long.
This is one of two brick planters next to the garage and our cat, Tabby. They’re the same. I’m going to plant herbs in them.
One of two planters behind the garage. We had them redone with stone veneers. Deer grass, flax, and snapdragons. I’ll probably replace the snapdragons with some native flowers when they die.
I love the colors of the flax.
The path on our top tier leading to the patio area. Eventually there will be some seating up by the chiminea. The two red thai plants will grow up on stalks, like sentinels to the area.
This is the side of the top tier. The grasses will grow to fill that area. There are 3 rock roses along the edge and Delilah’s bushes and dogloo are still there. She has quite a burrow under the second bush. You can also see part of the area that will remain grassy under our shrimp tree. Buffalo grass again once the weather is right. Hopefully Delilah likes it.
Here’s my garden area behind the tumbled stone wall to keep certain tortoises out. It’s flanked by two flower beds again, I’ll probably fill with California native flowers so I don’t have to replant it. I’m keen to have some California poppies in the yard. I planted the garden last week. Next week I’ll show some of that.
There is a lot of dirt right now, but there is ground cover planted, growing in. This is California lilac. It’s a hardy, quick growing ground cover. It’s all over the top tier except between the stone pavers. There’s some soft moss-like ground cover planted between those. Delilah seems not interested in either of them.
So there you have it. I’ll update it as it grows in. Also, if you’re thinking of visiting, early January is really a nice time to be in Los Angeles.