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Coan Waterfront Landscape, Camano Island, WA beach-style-landscape
 

Coan Waterfront Landscape, Camano Island, WA

From the street, a round rock pathway leads to a small seating area next to the water with a small fire pit. Low maintenance, drought resistant and salt tolerant plantings were used in mass and clumps. This garden has become the focus of the neighborhood with many visitors stopping and enjoying what has become a neighborhood landmark. Photo by R. Scott Lankford
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September 13, 2014
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The purple foreground plant is red mother of thyme, Thymus serphyllum The blue grass is blue oat grass, Heliotrichons sempervirens. The background tall grass is siberian iris, Iris siberica, The blue flowering shrub is wild Lillac, Ceanothus 'Victoria'. The purple spires are Heuchera 'purple palace'. Thanks for asking.
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June 13, 2014
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how do you send e mail I have tried but where are the comas suppose to - When sending an e mail how exactly do you separate with commas. I have tried several times and it will not send
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Hi There,

I am not sure if you are talking about sending email through houzz or directly to Lankford Asscociates. I have little knowledge of the Houzz connect system, but I can always be reached at scott@lankfordarchitecture.com. Thank you for your interest.

Scott,
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June 11, 2014
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There is no irrigation on site. The plants were initially hand watered for a month or so until the rainy season started until established and survive without additional water. The blue oat grass and the thymus are drought tolerant, although the oat grass will start to brown out a little after about 45 days without rain. Thank you for your interest.
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The path rock is 2" round river rock over weed barrier fabric.
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May 4, 2014
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The Thymus serphyllum is planted in 4" pots 18" on center in fertile mulch. It is important to prepare the base by cleaning out the existing bed of all weed stock by Roundup or hand removal. Once the bed is smooth and graded to 3" below the finish grade, apply preen or corn gluten as a pre-emergent before applying 3" fertile mulch. Plant the Thyme in the mulch and re apply Preen over the top.

Thymus serphyllum can be found at several local nurseries. Swanson's in Ballard usually carries it. T & L Nursery in Redmond propagates it, but may only be wholesale. Call before you go.
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Absolutely beautiful!
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February 4, 2014
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Thanks very much for your kind reply - I'm a garden designer looking to create something similar in NW England. So, by 'plantings', you mean the larger grasses and shrubs and both these and the ground cover plants were planted into soil, mulched and they then sprawl over the gravel? Looks lovely!
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That's correct. The ground covers were planted in fertile mulch. The rest 1 g. and 5 g. shrubs grass's and plants were pit planted. The path was made as infertile as possible but the ground covers spread out and over the edges. Most of the plantings will work in NW England. We have a similar climate here but with a marine influence.
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December 25, 2013
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Hi there, I believe the red spires are Salvia nemerosa 'Pink Friesland'. Thanks for asking.
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June 2, 2013
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Sorry for the miss information, I believe the plant you are asking about is Salvia.
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Thank you. Do you know which variety? Are they annuals? Perennials appear more more shrubby. Thank you for your beautiful work.
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May 25, 2013
robyndavis wrote:
Beautiful! We live on the North Shore of Long Island, NY- also coastal but different zone. - Would these plants grow in our location?
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I live on the North Shore of LI as well and have a ton of different types of Thymus, they are all doing great here, they are drought resistant and have a nice smell to them. I bought them at Martin Viette Nurseries, they carry them every spring in different types and colors.
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wavellan
Stunning! I love the way this looks. This is by far one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen.
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May 24, 2013
cbrent11 wrote:
What is the reddish plant next to the Iris on the right? Is it 'Broom Plant'? - From islandgirl Reston Virginia
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Hi There,
The reddish ground cover is Thymus serphyllum, red mother of thyme. It is a ground cover, evergreen, drought resistant and blooms May through July. Low maintenance, it is also deer resistant.
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March 31, 2013
leehutson wrote:
What is the ornamental grass? Will it grow in Columbia, SC? - What is the ornamental grass? Will it grow in Columbia, SC?
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The grass shown should have no problems with growing in South Carolina.
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Pedro Faia
Hi there! What is the name of the purple ground cover, by the way?
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February 7, 2013
insideout13 wrote:
Does this grow in East Texas and what months of the year does it flower?
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ladyenny1
I am in NC 80-90 degrees right now and I don't know what zone this is :(
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Hi There, sorry for the late response, but I just returned from a week out of the office. Thyme can be planted almost any season. It is rated for all zones so this shouldn't be a problem for you. It does need water in the hottest areas, and especially if you are establishing it now. Be sure to give it a good soaking once a week. Thymus serphyllum is usually planted in 4" pots at about 18" on center. Good luck.
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October 8, 2012
laupall wrote:
Need for my back yard ,I am going to have a circle with shell rock and a fire pit in the middle ..around it th - Do the purple flowers spread .And if so is it fast growing.
Thank you ,it is so beautiful!
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cainshmain
2-3 months is excellent. i am in Ontario Canada, zone 5 (i think Cdn. zones are different than U.S. ones though. 2-3 in Ontario is perfect, maybe i will try planting it and see if that's what I get. I am concerned otherwise that it looks messy or stringy afterwards. do you know? once blooms finish, is it then just greenery, or ?
thanks!
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I'm in Ottawa, ON, and have lots of Mother of Thyme. After it's finished blooming, it stays green and looks great. :o)
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September 9, 2012
Deborah Loizides wrote:
Where is this location"
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Pacific Nw Coast
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This is on Camano Island Washington. Looking north over Saratoga passage.
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July 19, 2012
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Yes, Thymus will grow in almost all regions.
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Thanks
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July 11, 2012
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Here is a list of nurseries that sell ornamental grasses in the Virginia Beach area. Take the photo you like with you and talk to them about what similar grasses you can plant (or Lowes etc). The nursery can help you identify the purple low growing ground cover,, too: it may be Purple Verbena (read about it here and also scroll to the comment from Hampton VA http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/251/#b ) Nursery can help you with a tree, too, but this multi trunk olive tree might be nice (Olea europae "Majestic Beauty" ) or a similar multi-trunk tree. http://www.lgyp.com/Ornamental-Grasses-in-Virginia.htm

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The Thymus serphyllum should grow in your region. It takes very little water and tolerates light foot traffic. A slow growing works well in a seashore planting such as this. I suggest pinus contorta.
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June 22, 2012
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Is that Phlox?
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How spectacular. Would this plant grow in south east Queensland Australia where the winters are mild and arid and the summers wet and humid?
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Thymus serphyllum should survive there. It does well in drought, so the wet summers may give it some trouble. I think if you plant it in a sunny, sandy loam it would survive. Try a small one to see the success and habit of the plant and let me know if it works.
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June 22, 2012
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Hi Scott, Which variety of ceanothus would you recommend for this type of coastal planting?
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I use variety Concha also victoria works.
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April 26, 2012
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What are the purple flowers and the tall plants in teh middle of them? - What are the purple flowers and the tall plants in the middle of them? Thank you.
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The purple flowers are Thymus serphyllum, red mother of thyme. The plant in the center is blue oat grass, Heliotrichon sempervirens. The taller grass behind these are Miscanthus gracillimus, Maiden grass and also siberian iris, iris siberica. Hope this helps.

Scott,
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April 6, 2012
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Thank you for your comment. It is most appreciated. This is also a low maintenance, drought and deer proof garden.
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March 25, 2012
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Hi There. The Thymus serphyllum is one of the perfect plants. It is evergreen, year around, green in summer, turning bronzy in fall. It can be easly mowed at 3". If you mow it after the bloom, it tidies it up spent flowers and encourages growth. It doesn't like too much water, it doesn't like fertilizer and can burn. It also can take light traffic, and like most thymes it is fragrant and you can use it for cooking.

There are many native plants ideal for your area. One of the most forgiving is the Oregon grape, Mahonia aquifolium. There are many varieties but the native one is tough, evergreen, sun or shade, salt tollerant and blooms with bright yellow flowers, followed by edible berries that are blue, (they are sour and have a big seed). The birds often get a little looped on the fermented berries in the fall.

This is a medium shrub. There are many more natives that work in your yard, from low ground covers to trees, sun or shade. If you give me a setting or range of sizes I can help more, or you can contact me at, www.Scott@Lankfordarchitecture.com

Scott,
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Hello Scott,
Again, love much about this design photo. My question is.....can I use many of your selected plantings in Southern IN. We've purchased a 2.5 acre lot that offers a slight gradual slope from the NE corner to the SW corner. The lot is surrounded by woods. Plenty of deer, wildlife. We plan to place the house approximately mid-way to give us a reasonable amount of space in back for family entertainment and outdoor privacy, similarly in front without too much front yard to mow! My husband and I are retired so I thought "terracing" would minimize the areas that need mowing. My main question is can I use the plants you've described in my location. We have plenty of lakes and one within 2 miles of the house....however, not on the water. It's Lake Monroe - which is a reservoir - not salt water. .........
I like your work.......too bad you're so far away.
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May 14, 2014
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Inviting :)
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Genevieve Schmidt added this to Breeze Into Coastal Landscapes
This curvaceous walkway brings to mind the meandering path of a small river flowing into the bay. The ornamental grasses and thyme make a natural accompaniment, as they both have a sense of flow and movement.
Debra Prinzing added this to 8 Ways to Design an Alluring Backyard
3. Create a beautiful approach. I love the partially hidden aspect of this beachy seating area. Lots of gardens have two strategically placed Adirondack chairs, but rarely has this familiar pairing been so alluring. An opening in the tall grasses offers a glimpse of the seating area — a safe promontory at the edge of the sea.Sense of place is amplified by the crunchy pebbled pathway, the soft mounds of grasses and ground covers that encroach on either side, and the pleasing knowledge that one will soon gaze upon the water at the end of this journey.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Coastal Garden Style
The loose, sandy soil of the seaside allows for great drainage, but it also means that nutrients are quickly lost. In nature, this can mean plants that are widely spaced rather than densely packed. But a spare look doesn't have to mean monotone, especially when you're in charge of the space. In this garden, purple ice plants lining the path to the sea's edge lead your eye to the sitting area and invite you to explore. The entire space resembles the natural bluffs beyond, with just a bit more planning and control than nature usually provides.
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This gravel path leads to the desired destination, at low cost and with nominal environmental impact. Can’t you hear the crunch of the gravel underfoot and feel the warmth it gives off? And wouldn’t a heavily built path look out of place in this setting? Select locally sourced gravel to lighten your footprint even more, with the added benefit of giving the composition a sense of place.
Genevieve Schmidt added this to 8 Ornamental Grasses for Coastal Gardens
This landscape features two favorite coast-loving grasses. The smaller grass in the foreground is blue oat grass, Helictotrichon sempervirens, which is an evergreen sun-loving grass that demands good drainage but is otherwise unfussy. The only maintenance blue oat grass needs is to have its foliage combed every few months to remove the beige leaves. To comb, put on rubber gloves and run your fingers through the grass. The old leaves will stick to the rubber and come out easily.The second type of grass in this shot is maiden grass, Miscanthus sinensis or "Gracillimus". This grass reaches about 5 feet tall and wide, and so makes a bolder statement in the landscape. The purple flower plumes in fall are a wonderful accent when seen against a coastal sunset. Unfortunately, maiden grass isn't evergreen and must be cut back to 6 inches tall in late winter or early spring.More:5 Hot Cool-Season Grasses5 Smokin' Warm-Season Grasses
Red Mother of Thyme (Thymus serphyllum) grows well in a variety of climates, including the often harsh environment found along the coastline. For the best show, give these plants lots of sun, just a little water and a place to show off!
Here is another variation: a lake of purple with a single bridge across it, made by planting waves of purple on either side of the path. Again, notice the grasses dotted throughout, giving structure to the planting. Without these accents, a mass planting simply looks like a formal mass of plants as opposed to a more natural and flowing form.
LuAnn Brandsen added this to Pathway Plantings That Please the Senses
Creeping mother of thyme is a favorite low spreader and can even withstand foot traffic. Other plants that gracefully sprawl include lamb's ears, dianthus and cranesbill geranium.
Matthew Cantwell added this to How to Design a Coast-Loving Garden That Lasts
Plants can be aranged to give a dry-creekbed appearance, highlighting arid coastal conditions.
Annie Thornton added this to Great Design Plant: Blue Oat Grass
How to use it. This particular grass is a delight when massed, used in a container or used as an accent plant. The soft, fine evergreen foliage also creates a soft and soothing foundation for companion flowers.
9. Secret pathway with a stunning view. A simple stone pathway leads to a perfect waterfront view. Fragrant thyme and beautiful Siberian irises complete this dreamy outdoor space.
Donald Pell - Gardens added this to Wild Gardens Bring Excitement and Beauty to Landscapes
Masses of blue oat grass and thyme here are simple enough to not distract from the grand landscape beyond. This beautiful composition is simple and affordable. The experience of moving through tall grasses and watching their movement in the wind is among my favorites in the garden. Their height and density act as a living wall that is a perfect solution for defining and privatizing a space.

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September 22, 2014
Side yard
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September 22, 2014
One day
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September 22, 2014
garden
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September 22, 2014
simple serene
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September 22, 2014
cottage
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September 22, 2014
The purple mounds
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September 21, 2014
Ground cover
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September 21, 2014
Fleurs
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September 21, 2014
colorful pathways
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September 21, 2014
What's not to love!
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September 21, 2014
Grass
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September 21, 2014
en avant
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September 21, 2014
Great landscape
crispy2crispy added this to Landscaping - General
September 21, 2014
Bed of purple flowers contrasting with tall grass
daniellecarro added this to Exterior of House
September 21, 2014
Like this ground covering
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September 21, 2014
the colorful groundcover and tall grasses
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September 21, 2014
Flowers
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September 20, 2014
oh. so pretty
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September 20, 2014
path
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September 20, 2014
Grass flower combo
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September 20, 2014
Future view.
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September 20, 2014
Ondy's beach
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September 18, 2014
grass
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September 18, 2014
dry creek bed style erosion prevention & drainage idea! need to channel the rainwater down a slope.
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September 18, 2014
grass garden
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September 18, 2014
Ground cover and tall grasses
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September 17, 2014
flowers
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September 17, 2014
Fleurs
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September 17, 2014
Ground cover
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September 17, 2014
Northwest - Seattle
hfester added this to landscaping
September 17, 2014
Beautiful ground coverage
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September 17, 2014
Purple plants
mnath added this to Yard
September 17, 2014
Love the low lying purple
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September 16, 2014
ground cover and grasses
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September 16, 2014
Landscape
suzyviajera added this to outdoor
September 16, 2014
how about lining both sides of my dry Creek bed with lantana?
ctkach added this to Backyard
September 16, 2014
Everything!
rrfk added this to Ivy House
September 16, 2014
Great landscaping. Are there similar plants native to VA?
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September 16, 2014
Love! This is too beautiful.
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September 16, 2014
Purple ground cover
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September 15, 2014
The island location
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September 15, 2014
Hood
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September 15, 2014
landscape
Shelly Kennedy added this to Garden: Around the Pool
September 15, 2014
Creeping mother of thyme can take some foot traffic.
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September 14, 2014
fabulous color
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September 14, 2014
Dry streambed
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September 14, 2014
purple flowers amidst grasses
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September 14, 2014
love the low maintenance aspect
lorieileen added this to Summerville
September 14, 2014
no grass, color and looks like low maintenance
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September 14, 2014
Plantes
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September 14, 2014
like the cool walk down to the lake view
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September 14, 2014
Idea de jardín
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September 13, 2014
Flowers
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September 13, 2014
water. chair. purple.
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September 13, 2014
flowers
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September 13, 2014
Grasses and phlox
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September 13, 2014
What works in the sea
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September 12, 2014
DT grasses 41
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September 12, 2014
The point
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September 11, 2014
Pretty
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September 11, 2014
grasses and phlox
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September 11, 2014
Landscape
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September 11, 2014
purple flower and grass
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September 11, 2014
ground cover
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September 10, 2014
Phlox
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September 10, 2014
Ground cover
chark2750 added this to chark2750's ideas
September 10, 2014
low purple flowers and grasses
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September 10, 2014
No grass, drought tolerant.
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September 10, 2014
Verry Seattle
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September 10, 2014
The color of the flowers give an amazing impression to the
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September 10, 2014
Pierre fleurs
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September 10, 2014
Composition, color
mhzappone added this to MattyZ's idea book
September 10, 2014
Blend of flowers, grasses and stone walkway
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September 10, 2014
Love these plants
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September 10, 2014
Serenity
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September 9, 2014
ground cover with grasses
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September 9, 2014
Pretty serene
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September 9, 2014
YEAH!
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