We're huge fans of the team at Elysian Landscapes here in LA. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable about plants and our Southern California climate (see the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs), but their eye for modern design, frequent contributions to Sunset and their line of mid century outdoor furniture make them a great source for tips and tricks in the garden.
Judy Kameon, the principal designer at Elysian Landscapes was kind enough to send over her road map for creating a successful garden.
- Pick plants that are great for your particular climate and site conditions, and make sure the mature size is the right size for your space. (Check out some of our favorite drought tolerant succulents for some inspiration)
- Make your garden less thirsty - get rid of lawn and put in gravel or decomposed granite.
- Use foliage color and texture to bring year round interest to your garden.
- Plant some edibles in the garden that you can use all the time, likes thyme, rosemary and lemons.
- Add fragrance by planting lavender, honeysuckle, sage and citrus.
- Group pots in a monochromatic color scheme for impact.
- Furnish your garden with attractive and comfortable furniture so that you'll use it all the time.
Images: Elysian Landscapes