Garden Tour 2016

Hummingbird Haven

After four years of drought, the homeowners had let their front lawn almost completely die and they were ready for a permanent change. They knew they wanted low maintenance and low water, but had no other ideas in mind until they had a consultation with their landscape architect. She knew that the homeowner had lost her mother recently and that her mother loved hummingbirds.

When we lose someone you love, we often look for daily reminders of that person whether it be cloud formations in the sky, pennies on the ground or in this instance…hummingbirds in the garden. Plant selections are easy to care for, low water use and predominantly hummingbird favorites like the Desert Willow, Hummingbird Sage, Pineapple Sage and Red Yucca.

Large staggered concrete pads provide a connection from the expansive driveway to the entry. The pads also serve a second purpose as individual canvases for chalk art by each of their three older grandchildren.

Emerald Green boulders were used in the landscape to complement the home’s trim color and delineate a casual seating of Sonoma Gold crushed stone near the house. A small patio was also added to create a space to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and watch the hummingbirds.

On any given day you will hear their clicking and see them flitting from bloom to bloom making this landscape a hummingbird haven!


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