Kathy’s Design for Her Son’s Los Angeles Garden, Part 2

We’re back to see the garden that Kathy Sandel designed for her son in Los Angeles. She leaned into the sunny climate and embraced the design of his new home by choosing durable, drought-tolerant, architectural succulents mixed with a variety of other plants to soften and add green to the small space.

This is in the rear garden, with its beautiful paving stones. A purple Alstroemeria (Zones 8–11) adds a pop of color with very long-lasting flowers, and a trio of beautiful glazed containers house orange roses.

oakleaf hydrangea in a container next to patioAn oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) blooms in a pot. The container and the white wall behind it form a perfect frame to show off the hydrangea like the work of art that it is.

stone raised garden bed planted with succulentsThe beautiful aloe in the front of this raised bed looks to be fan aloe (Aloe plicatilis, Zones 10 –11). What an incredible living sculpture!

ivy-leaved geranium with pink flowers in a containerThis ivy-leaved geranium (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) is massive. Forms of geraniums such as this grow long, trailing stems, and look so perfect spilling over the edge of a container, raised bed, or window box.

small corner garden bed surrounded by hedgesIn this corner of the front garden, yellow and orange kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) bloom in front of the privacy hedge.

close up of succulents growing in a containerSilvery succulents cover the ground in a container.

container planting of purple flowersA purple bougainvillea (Bougainvillea hybrid, Zones 10–11) shares a pot with succulents and a purple verbena (Verbena hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).

container planting of large unique succulentsTwo great succulents grow together in this container—a fan aloe, and at its base Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Caronculata’, which has silvery leaves topped with unusual lumpy growths that give it a very unique appearance.


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