Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Rare Commercial Commision

Most of my work is for private homes, though a small percentage of my clients are small businesses. I rarely do large large commercial designs, but a couple of years ago I designed the plantings for a large apartment complex in Silicon Valley. The property manager already had his construction crew and he wanted me to draw up a design and planting plan for all the non-paved areas. I also was hired as creative consultant to supervise the installation of it all. It was a new level of landscape design for me. I almost turned the job down because, “I don’t do that.” But there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years- if I feel like something is over my head or out of my league, and my first impulse is to say no… I don’t. I think on it and get others’ opinions. I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and said yes to this one.

This is a bridge separating the two parking lots. I had them terrace the slopes on both sides and build the arbor above. I chose Wisteria and Lonicera (Honeysuckle) to climb on the arbor and planted the terraces with a variety of shrubs- including Loropetalum, Lantana, Cistus, Rosemary and Salvia. All work horses of the plant world- chosen for there good behavior!

A long shot:

…a little closer:

…and a close up of the other side:

 

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Don’t Ever Hire Terminex to do your Gardening!

This is what happens when the termite tent doesn’t get tucked behind your planter boxes. (I even pulled them 6 inches away from the building, like they said) They’re not kidding about that stuff being toxic! This pic was taken one day after the tent was taken down:

So sad…

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