The composition is frequently a beautiful specimen succulent for the center with interesting and complimentary colors and textures planted in circles down to the edge of the contain.
These artistic succulent containers are designed with color, texture and an understanding of succulent plant morphology. We often refer to the... Read more
What's Blooming Now:
Alyogyne huegelii "Blue Hibiscus"
Alyogyne huegelii 'Santa Cruz' (Blue Hibiscus) - Native to south and western Australia this evergreen shrub grows to about 6-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. The flowers are borne solitarily in leaf axils and hold large light blue petals. This is a hardy an... Read more
Plant of the Month:
Lathyrus odoratus "Sweet Pea"
The ambitious Sweet Pea is a vigorous climbing garden annual with an abundance of sweet fragrant flowers. To keep them going give them plenty of mositure through the summer. If pruned and watered regularly they will bloom throughout the growing season.
They do... Read more
In the Garden: Cherry Guavas
To me, cherry guavas are quintessential Santa Barbara, bringing a burst of fall color to our coastal landscape. Technically these plants are shrubs, but that designation doesn’t do them justice. The cherries, when ripe, resemble mini pomegranates, and the branches offer a gorgeous pop of deep wine-red color against a bea... Read more
Scorched Earth to Garden Paradise
After the November 2008 Santa Barbara "Tea Fire," hundreds of homes and gardens were devastated. Grace Design Associates was brought in to restore the razed earth surrounding one lovely area home.
The Santa Barbara home, in a beautiful mountain setting, was nearly destroyed. While the home was saved, the surrounding lan... Read more