Address: 5922 Donlyn Dr, Huntington Beach, 92649, CA Access: Front 100%; back limited
When planting the garden, the goal was to create a mostly turf free front yard filled with colorful shrubs, flowers and succulents, and to attract plenty of butterflies and birds.
In the front there are “Hot Cocoa” floribunda roses, plenty of apricot, orange and yellow blooming plants, a climbing “Opal Brunner”, “Will Fleming” and boxwood shrubs for some privacy, and lots of Chocolate Cosmos and a Cercis “Merlot.” Added to this mix is asclepia, salvia and succulents.
It is thrilling how quickly and beautifully it has filled in. The courtyard patio originally consisted of a huge slab of cement and not one single plant. The concrete was cut out areas where plants could be added. Here, there are Prunus “Caroliniana”, Pittosporum, “Diamond Frost” to cover and “green up” slump stone walls and color that provides interest. Included are edibles such as strawberries, tomatoes and some herbs. This area has grown into a well-used gathering area with plenty of al fresco dining.
In the backyard you’ll find salvia, “Golden Celebration” a David Austin rose, asclepia, succulents and a Kumquat tree. Here, with a morning coffee or evening glass of wine, there is a sense of comfort and solitude.