Shirley Bovshow
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Natural California Style Garden by Shirley Bovshow of mediterranean-landscape

Natural California Style Garden by Shirley Bovshow of

Garden makeovers by Shirley Bovshow in Los Angeles. Homeowner wanted a natural style garden with Mediterranean and native California plants. An avid hiker, the homeowner now has her own decomposed granite "trail." Photo by Shirley Bovshow,

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September 11, 2014
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It is your common, standard decomposed granite. It looks lighter than "new" DG because of the lighting and it has been in the ground a few years. It has aged.
    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:43AM
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Thank you
    Bookmark   September 11, 2014 at 11:56AM
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November 7, 2013
Margery wrote:
What is the red flowering?
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Red salvia greggii
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Great Perennial Plant. Survives in North Texas zone 7. I like the deep pink color one.
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July 9, 2012
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Decomposed granite is exactly that. Small, fines of granite stone in "sand-like" form. Decomposed granite may be used with flagstone in the crevice areas. It compacts nicely and neatly. Some landscapers use a stabilizing material to make it even more firm.
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February 25, 2012
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Beautiful! I always linger at this picture :) How much time would it take for a garden to look like this from the time it is planted?
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Hi designmomof2- This photo is about 2 or 3 years into the design.
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November 7, 2013
Margery wrote:
Love the pot

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Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Natural Garden Style
Native plants mix with Mediterranean imports in a Central California garden. Since both thrive in the same conditions, they work well together; most people would be hard pressed to know which is which. The result is an easy-care garden that's colorful without demanding too much water. The color of the decomposed granite pathway echoes the colors of the trails in the surrounding hills.
Debra Prinzing added this to Garden Design Essentials: Color
Just past this garden's entry is a blaze of red flowering salvia planted in a crescent bed to emphasize the space. Blue-green and turquoise — complementary hues across the color wheel from red — show up in a glazed urn and in the succulent plantings to the right of the red border.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed
Choose plants for your region, climate and growing conditions. Once you know the basics — location, overall shape and color — it’s time to choose the actual plants and put them in place. Start by choosing plants that have the same basic needs for sunlight, water and soil, such as the drought-tolerant sun lovers in this Mediterranean-inspired garden. And consider including plants native to your area. You’ll find them much easier to take care of, and they’ll attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.Houzz guides to attracting birds and butterflies

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Like the decomposed granite with the stone borders and natives- and the color!
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