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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.