Friday, August 23, 2019

Photo - Wood Deck with built in Jacuzzi

This wood deck was built around a newly installed jacuzzi.  This enabled the home owner to more easily to get into the jacuzzi.  Construction by Dandy Landscape.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Photo - Crushed Decomposed Granite Walkway

This pathway was made from crushed decomposed granite 3/4", color - Desert Gold
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Escondido

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Photo - Star Jasmine on Fence (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

This hardy vine needs a little help to get up a fence but it is a lovely vine with a heavenly fragrance in the Spring.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, August 19, 2019

Photo - Pond with Foxfire Water Lily

This enchanting man-made pond is home to fish, turtles and frogs.  The Foxfire Water Lily, with its vibrant leaves and dazzling flowers, provides a serene contrast to the waterfall.
Pond construction by Dandy Landscape.
photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Photo - Tiny Tower Juniper (Cupresses sempervirens 'Tiny Tower')

This dwarf juniper can reach 15' tall x 2' wide and is great for drought tolerant gardens.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Photo - California Lilac (Ceanothus sp. 'Concha')

This beautiful California native can reach 8' tall x 8' wide with vibrant Spring blossoms.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Friday, August 16, 2019

Photo - Wood Deck


This wood deck was made from Cumaroo, a hardwood with a naturally light color.
Construction by Dandy Landscape,
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Monday, August 5, 2019

Pond Video




This pond used to be a torn up putting green and now it's an oasis for birds, butterflies, fish, turtles and other wildlife.  Construction by Dandy Landscape.
Video by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe

Photo - Wood Fence Flat Board Style

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Photo - Indigo Spires Sage (Salvia sp. 'Indigo Spires')

This beautiful and compact hummingbird plants is a great shot of color for a garden.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Photo - Putting Green with Rock Retaining Wall

This backyard space was first created by a dry stack rock retaining wall made from Baja Cresta boulders.  Landscape construction by Dandy Construction.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, July 15, 2019

Photo - Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo 'Marina')


This drought tolerant, evergreen tree has beautiful bark and flowers.
The Marina Strawberry Tree can reach 25' tall and wide.
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Photo - Outdoor Kitchen with Paver Patio

This patio used to be a dead lawn and now it's a great outdoor entertaining area.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
 taken at a client's residence in University City

Monday, June 24, 2019

Photo - Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthus flavidus)

Here's a great drought tolerant plant that blooms in the summer.  
Kangaroo Paws are also great hummingbird plants.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in University City

Photo - Large Water Fountain

Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design,
taken a client's residence in Poway

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Photo - Sand Volleyball Court


This large front yard was revitalized to include a sand volleyball court, shaded patio, succulent garden, fruit orchard and lawn for the client's 5 boys.
Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Poway

Friday, June 14, 2019

Photo - Alumawood Shade Structure


This shade structure looks like wood from a distance but it will never rot or burn.
Photos taken by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
 at a client's residence in Poway.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Photo - Crushed Decomposed Granite Pathway

This pathway is made from 3/4" crushed decomposed granite, the color is Desert Gold.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe

Photo - Tropical Paver Patio

This raised patio was created with Country Manor Keystone and Stone Top Pavers.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in La Jolla

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Photo - Star Jasmie (Tracelospermum jasmindoides)

This evergreen vine also works as a nice ground cover.  Its fragrance is intoxicating in the spring.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Photo - Address Boulder with Olive Tree

This boulder is a Baja Cresta from Southwest Boulder and Stone in San Diego.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's house in Rancho Santa Fe

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Photo - Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia)

Here's a great ornamental grass for San Diego.  Soft to the feel but tough enough for most soils, Lomandra reaches about 18 inches tall and wide.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in University City

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Photo - Outdoor kitchen with a view

How's this for a view at the BBQ?
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design,
taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe

Monday, May 27, 2019

Photo - Shade structure

This lovely wooden shade structure has 50% shade coverage.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in University City

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Photo - Butterfly Bush (Buddleja sp. 'Hot Buzz')


One of my favorite butterfly plants is the Hot Buzz Butterfly Bush.  This beauty will reach 5' tall x 5' wide.  To get the biggest blooms, cut this plant down to 12 inches in the winter and you will be rewarded with butterflies from April to August.
Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Monday, May 20, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Photos - Sacred Heart Meditation Garden





I have been designing gardens for 14 years and this is one of my favorites.  This public garden was designed for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Coronado, California.  It is located at 650 D Ave and is open to the public during daylight hours.  It features a guided pathway through the stations of the cross.   The garden also has 3 focal points. One is dedicated to fallen veterans, one to children who returned to God too soon and one to Mary, the mother of God.  Plants and landscape materials are used symbolically throughout the garden.
Photos by Doug Kalal

Photo - California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)


This California native is also a great hummingbird plant.
Photos by Doug Kalal

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Photo - Rock Retaining Wall

This rock retaining wall was built with 8 tons of Baja Cresta boulders by Dandy Landscape Construction.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Photo - Rock Purslane (Calandrinia sp.)

This tough ground cover succulent explodes with pink blossoms in the spring.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Monday, May 13, 2019

Photo - Glass Fence

Here's a great way to preserve the view and protect against the wind.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Friday, May 10, 2019

Photo - Pavers



These are examples of the 3 most popular types of pavers sold at RCP Block and Brick.
Photos by Doug Kalal

Monday, May 6, 2019

Photo - Preen

Preen is great way to stop future weeds.  Combine this with 3" of mulch will help keep a landscape looking great.
Photo by Doug Kalal