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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Thank you blog readers!  Today my blog passed the 200,000 page view milestone!

Photo - Tequila Sunrise Coprosma

This little shrub has a dazzling array of colors from the foliage.
Tequila Sunrise Coprosma looks best when it gets some afternoon
shade and will reach about 2-3 feet tall.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's house in Kensington

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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

Here is my favorite small tree for San Diego gardens.
The Forest Pansy Redbud is covered with pink flowers in
early spring, followed by dramatic purple foliage for the next 3-4 months.
In late summer the foliage turns green and then in October it will
change color again to look like this.
Photos by Doug Kalal
 

Photo - Cattleya Orchid

Cattleya Orchids prefer to be grown in plastic pots
with exposure to bright indirect light.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in La Jolla

Monday, October 22, 2012

Photo - Landscape Timber Stairs

Landscape timber stairs are made from bolting together
pressure treated 6" x 6" timbers and then back filled
with decomposed granite.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Carlsbad

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Photo - American Sweet Gum Tree (Liquidamber sp.)

Here in San Diego, there are few trees that deliver
a fall color show like the Liquidamber.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Friday, October 19, 2012

Photo - Kangaroo Paws mixed with Variegated Hebe

Here is a fun combo against a wall.  The taller
Kangaroo Paws look great from inside the house,
and the smaller Hebe help hide the bottoms of the Kangaroo Paws.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's house in Pacific Beach

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Photo - Outdoor Dining Room

 
 
Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in La Jolla


 

Photo - Floating Concrete Pathway

There are lots of ways to use concrete for a pathway.
One way, as shown here, is to make a series of
concrete islands.  This lends itself to a modern type of garden.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Point Loma

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Photo - Angel Trumpet Tree Flower (Brugmansia sp.)

The flowers from this tree give off a heavenly scent.
But beware, the leaves and flowers are poisonous.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Kensington

Monday, October 8, 2012

Photo - Blue Point Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point')

This drought tolerant shrub reaches 8-10 feet
in height and 3 feet in width, making it a great
plant for flanking walkways.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Pacific Beach

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Photo - Country Manor Retaining Wall

This patio was built using Country Manor Keystone
retaining walls to level off at upper dining area.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in La Jolla

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Photo - Brick Pathway Lined with Dymondia

Dymondia is nice alternative to grass because it
is more drought tolerant (half the water of most lawns)
and much lower maintenance (no mowing needed).
Photo by Doug Kalal

Photo -Artificial Grass on Slope

One way to have a nice green slope in front of your home is use artificial turf.  This works best for a design with clean simple lines.  ...