Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Photo - Pavers





Here are samples of 3 different types on pavers from RCP Block & Brick.

Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Garden Landscape Design

Monday, August 3, 2020

Photo - Fire Pit Table


On chilly nights this is a nice gathering place to sit and chat. This set cost about $1,100.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in University City

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Photo - Yellow Yarrow (Achillea millefolium sp. Moonshine)


Here's a nice little perennial for drought tolerant gardens that is also butterfly friendly.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Friday, July 31, 2020

Photo - Wood Shade Structure


Here's a lovely wood shade structure. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Photo - Blue Curls Echeveria



This compact succulent is perfect for containers or small dry stream beds.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Photo - Trex Deck with Jacuzzi Hot Tub



This beautiful low maintenance deck was built around the jacuzzi after it was installed.
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Photo - Landscape Fabric

Heavy duty landscape fabric (also call weed block) is a great way to stop most weeds from from popping up in a new landscape. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Pacific Beach

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Photo - Southwestern Outdoor Kitchen


This client wanted a modern Southwestern outdoor kitchen with BBQ grill, refrigerator and bar counter.  The top is poured in place concrete.  Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in University City

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Photo - Green Apple Daylily (Hemerocallis sp.)

This tough little perennial is drought tolerant but blooms better with some water.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Monday, July 20, 2020

Photo - Outdoor Kitchen with Concrete Counter Top and Honey Wheat Dressed Facade

This beautiful kitchen counter is a wonderful focal point for the back yard.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Photo - Putting Green with Rock Wall

This small back yard was expanded with a rock wall built from Baja Cresta boulders.  The space was then enhanced with a 3 hole putting green. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Photo - Dry Stream Bed

This dry stream bed serves to redirect run off from the back yard drains to the street.  In the dry season it serves as a nice focal point.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Escondido

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Photo - Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-caste)


This wonderful small tree / large shrub reaches about 15 feet tall & wide.
The foliage is fragrant and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in Europe. The Chaste Tree is deciduous and blooms in the summer.  It is drought tolerant and heat loving.
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Photo - Raised Concrete Patio

I designed this little patio to take advantage of the views and offer the client a nice spot for a fire pit.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's home in Santee

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Photo - Modern Wood Fence

This modern wood fence was made from Mangeris hard wood with metal posts.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Friday, July 3, 2020

Photo - Forest Pansy Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy')

This is my favorite small tree for tight spaces.  The Forest Pansy Redbud will reach about 15' tall x 15' wide.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Escondido

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Photo - Fireplace and Curved BBQ

This custom fireplace and outdoor kitchen creates a wonderful focal point for the backyard.
Designed and photographed by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Poway

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Photo - Decomposed Granite Pathway and Dry Stream Bed

This wandering pathway is accented by a dry stream bed that serves to divert water from the slope and away from the pathway.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Photo - Rock Purslane (Calindrinia sp.)

This succulent ground cover is loaded with pink flowers in the spring.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Poway

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Photo - BBQ counter with Tile Top

This outdoor kitchen features a tile top and stone facade.
Photo by Tom Dandy, Dandy Landscape Construction

Photo - Crosby Jade Plant (Crassula ovata 'Crosby')


This tough little succulent will reach 2' tall and wide.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

Monday, June 8, 2020

Photo - Synthetic Shade Structure with Concrete Patio

This lovely new shade structure comes with built in lights and electrical.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at client's house in Escondido

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Snake Removal and Dog Avoidance Training



It's rattlesnake season here in San Diego.  All snakes serve an important part of the ecosystem.  They are the first line of defense against rats.  However, it's scary when they get into your yard.  Instead of killing the snake call a removal specialist.  If the snake is your house, call 911.

Tom Minga also does training to teach your dog to avoid rattlesnakes.  He trained my dog and she is much more cautious on our hikes. Tom uses live rattlesnakes that are muzzled and have their venom glands removed.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Photo - Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum sp.)

This lovely shrub can grow in full sun on the coast and part shade inland.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

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