Address: 12542 Amethyst St. Garden Grove, CA, 92845
Wanting to become more water-wise and garnering inspiration from a friend and neighbor’s recently redone front and back yards, we decided to redo our own front yard, making it both drought tolerant and pleasant to look at, yet at the same time, inspirational with a comfortable place for sitting and relaxing.
We began by removing a large 50 foot Brisbane Box tree from the parkway adjacent to the street. Once the tree was removed, a majority of the front lawn, parkway, and side lawn was sprayed and removed. We left intact a half moon shaped area of the front lawn, and decided to place a number of succulents and color plants in the front and parkway areas. Our landscape architect was able to locate a Mexican Guamuchile tree and place it in the middle of the garden nearest the house. The tree is not native to southern California, is not an easily found specimen. Now fully grown, it completes the look of the front yard area, and is definitely the main featured attraction. Large flat stones make a pleasant walkway to the backyard, and tree trunk steps and rocks complete a flowing feeling through the bird houses and raised berms throughout. The parkway has grass endcaps, and drought tolerant plants in the middle area. Now into their third year, all of the plants and trees are fully grown and very robust, thereby completing the look and feel that we had in mind when we undertook the project.
The side area sports a used brick seating area for entertaining, wine sampling, and playing guitar, and is shaded by both a Peppermint Willow tree and a cantilevered umbrella, which is strategically placed in the corner. A now fully grown Snail Vine completes the divider area between the homes, and a raised guitar shaped planter is replete with seasonal herbs and flowers.
The entire area is fed by a “smart” irrigation system with recently installed landscape lighting, giving the front garden a warm, illuminating look in the evenings.