Project Gallery

For my project photos, I have shown "before" and "after" pictures of each project. Much thought was given to using the best (in my opinion) drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants for each garden design. I tried to use plants that looked good year-round, so that there was as much interest in the winter as in the summer months. I try to avoid plants that need a lot of fertilizer, pruning, spraying, fussing, or don’t look good for part of the year. Each landscape design is unique and created specifically for a certain location and client. The final outcome is a joint collaboration between me and the client.

- Linda Bresler, Landscape Designer
Member, APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers)

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Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Garden of the Year, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine
This Poway garden is a good example of how to replace a lawn with low-water-use, low-maintenance plants that look good year-round. The garden is filled with colorful succulents, as well as other drought tolerant plants that bloom most of the year.

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Sabre Springs Garden
Originally, the front yard of this San Diego home consisted of dying grass with a drainage problem. A berm was created with drought tolerant Australian and native plants on one side, and a dry stream bed lined with colorful succulents on the other side of the berm. Plants now bloom year-round in the new landscape, giving its owners pleasure every day of the year. This tract home’s linear front entrance was transformed using curves with a small patio, and succulents lining the walkway.

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Rancho Bernardo 1 Garden
The front yard of this garden in Rancho Bernardo was originally covered with gravel and looked very uninviting and sterile. Existing cacti were reused in a pleasing design with colorful succulents and Southwestern native plants. A lush landscape was created using all waterwise plants.

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Rancho Bernardo 2 Garden
The back yard of this Rancho Bernardo home consisted of gravel. The owner wanted an English cottage-style garden look, which was created using drought tolerant plants that bloomed much of the year.
The unwanted pool was filled in with dirt, and a formal rose garden was created in its place.

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La Mesa Garden
This La Mesa garden originally consisted of weeds and some dead grass. The owners wanted a year round beautiful garden along with a vegetable garden. They also wanted to lower their water use and have low maintenance plants. The newly raised-bed vegetable garden has a path leading to it through plants with colorful flowers and foliage.

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Poway Garden
The owners of this north San Diego County home wanted to replace their roses and high-water-use plants with low maintenance plants that looked good all year and used little water. Colorful succulents fill the circles, and low-water-use, flowering plants line the outside of the walkway.

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Santa Luz Garden
This small, colorful succulent garden in Santa Luz shows how even a small space under a tree can be made bright and interesting.

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