Monday, May 25, 2020

Photo - Concrete Stem Wall

When you need to build a short retaining wall (under 12"), a concrete stem wall is an easy way to solve that problem.  In this yard there was a 6" drop from the patio to the back fence.  In order to keep the lawn area level I designed a stem wall to surround the grass.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Santee

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Photo - Synthetic Shade Structure (50% coverage)

This synthetic shade structure has 50% shade coverage,  Notice the lights rigged to the beams.  The hollow beams make it easy to conceal wires.  Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design. Taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Photo - Butterfly Bush with Butterfly

This is the butterfly bush, so named because butterflies LOVE this plant!
Bright flowers also attract Hummingbirds all spring and summer.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in University City

Monday, May 11, 2020

Photo - Paver Medallion Under Construction

Here's a paver medallion kit under construction.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Lakeside

Monday, May 4, 2020

Photo - Artificial Turf

This dog run area is accented by a curving border made from the same pavers as the patio.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in  Poway

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Photo - Pincushion Flower 'Tango' (Leucospermum sp. 'Tango')


This drought tolerant plant is a spectacular cut flower, lasting for weeks in the vase.  The plant can reach 6' tall and wide.
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Friday, May 1, 2020

Photo - Coral Aloe (Aloe striata)

This succulent produces a great hummingbird flower.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
taken at a client's garden in Poway

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Photo - Peacock's Echeveria (Echeveria peacockii)

This darling little succulent is great for containers.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Photo - Back Yard Cafe Lights

A great way to add some night time ambiance is string cafe lights.
These lights can be strung from trees, structures or even a simple redwood post as seen here.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Photo - Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

This my favorite plant because it is so easy to grow, the hummingbirds love it and the color is dazzling. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at client's house in Poway

Monday, April 6, 2020

Photo - Semi Dwarf Orange Tree

This beautiful Semi Dwarf Orange tree is a Mineola.  The tree is about 15 years old and is 10 feet tall x 10 feet wide.   This tree reached it's current size in about 7 years, starting as a small 5 gallon plant from Costco.  It produces about 300 oranges each year. The fruit is ripe by mid February.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, March 23, 2020

Photo - Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe sp. 'Fantastic')

This lovely succulent garden features stunning view framed by monster 6' blooms of Paddle Plants, accented with After Glow Echeverias and Jester Conebushes.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design,
 taken at a client's garden in San Carlos

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Photo - Decomposed Granite Pathway

This casual pathway cost 30% less than concrete.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Photo - Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)


This is one of the best drought tolerant plants out there.  Rosemary is a also great for gardens that get mauled by rabbits.
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Photo - Horizontal Wood Fence

This modern fence was built with Ipe wood. 
 Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Photo - Artificial Grass and Keystone Wall

This dog run is made from artificial turf and the keystone gravity wall helps to keep the slope from running down into the yard.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Escondido