Hunter from Concord California sent us links and photos highlighting his landscaping project. Concord which is located in the eastern part of the Bay Area can be very hot in the summers with temperatures over 100 degrees. It can be difficult keeping a lush green garden all year round, so planning is the key element to a successful landscaping project that looks great and is sustainable at the same time.
Hunter in detail describes his process and the thinking behind some of the decisions that he made when planning the garden around his Eichler. He decided to clean up the front of the house and remove overgrown bushes and shrubs that were covering the house from the street. It also allowed access to the side gate. A lawn can be hard to maintain especially in Concord, so to mix things up he introduced some rock landscaping in his side yard. With the neighbor on board, he used rocks that he found and collected from various places, including his own backayard and planted native or low-water plants that are fed with a drip system for low maintenance. The plants are small and will take some time to grow, but the yard is looking really nice.
We also enjoyed the potted succulent garden. Succulents are easy to take care of and they are a perfect choice for warmer climate. The terra-cotta planter was designed by Ron Weaver, who sometimes shows up at the Alameda Flea Market.
To see more photos and read more about Hunter's landscaping project, check out his blog.
Images: (Redneck Modern)