Back Yard Shade GardenTraditional Landscape, Santa Barbara - Back yard shade garden using classic garden favorites, including Hydrangea, Heliotrope and Ajuga. A path from the pergola leads to a tennis court behind the trees. Working with the arborist employed to maintain the oaks on the 4 acre property, care was taken to plant and irrigate in such a way as to protect the mature trees.

Inspiration for a traditional shade backyard landscaping in Santa Barbara. —  Houzz
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Kelly wrote:Mar 26, 2012
  • Manya

    Beautiful dsign. Just wanted to tell you that your photo inspired me and my husband to start a massive work in our backyard last year. There is still a lot to be done, but we are trying to create a similar feel with the plants growing in our area. We are in zone 7. Thank you for sharing.

  • mhiterer

    what are those mature tree trees in the background?

punkinlily wrote:Apr 18, 2013
  • Maribel
    what is the name of the foliage attached to the porch colums
miley313 wrote:Mar 17, 2013
  • thetracyg

    I thought heliotrope was a sun plant? Is there a shade heliotrope?

  • jenniferruth

    In Southern California, which is where this garden is (Santa Barbara), heliotrope does better in part shade.

tamarab72 wrote:Mar 28, 2012
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    Nell Jean
    Fescue grass. Landscape designer gave you brand names.
  • lorenzofloreat
    What are the two mature trees in the background?
jean40823 wrote:Feb 19, 2014
  • shopgirl1414

    Be careful with Ajuga, it spreads like crazy and not necessarily where you planted it the year before (:

  • rowrocks
    Another term for that is WEED! Looks nice if it's intentional but
    spreads far too easily into lawn areas.
Susan wrote:Feb 18, 2014
Johanne ("Hanna") Damish wrote:Aug 5, 2012
  • motherbear "more info" for other Qs & As.
cdelashmutt wrote:Apr 11, 2012
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    Donna Lynn - Landscape Designer
    Marathon in the sunny areas and over seeded with Triple Crown shade tolerant in the more shady areas. The lawns had been in place for many years and in time the shade factor increased. The gardener kept the lawn looking healthy by overseeding the sunny sections twice a year and the shade areas more frequently or by spot seeding.
mbtomaro wrote:Feb 28, 2014
    quinnand wrote:Mar 30, 2013

      What Houzz contributors are saying:

      Gwendolyn Purdom added this to Protecting Your Pet From Your Yard and Your Yard From Your PetJun 12, 2018

      Trim your trees. Lindsay points out that broken tree limbs should be addressed for everyone’s safety, but especially a pet’s. “The only time you really notice it is when the tree’s still bare, and you know, summer comes along and all the foliage grows in and you can’t even see it anymore, but now it’s heavier, and it’s going to fall,” she says. “It probably is going to miss everybody, but the dog is in the backyard more than you are.”

      Alison Hodgson added this to 10 Tips to Start a Garden — Can-Do Ideas for BeginnersMay 19, 2013

      As part of assessing conditions, consider what you already have and what you you might want to remove. On our current property, there is an 8- by 80-foot bed that runs the length of one our yards and borders the woods. The previous homeowner installed a post and rail fence but planted nothing taller than 12 inches. Years ago a friend helped me dig everything out and replant it with a variety of shrubs and perennials. It was beautiful, but I'm in the process of taking it all out. Our gardens have changed. I already have so much to maintain, and such a large bed at the edge of our property isn't a priority. We removed the fence, and I'm in the process of removing the plants. Many I'll be able to reuse, but some I'll be offering to friends, which is why you should:

      Debra Prinzing added this to 10 Ideas for an Exuberantly Abundant LandscapeDec 21, 2012

      Timelessness. What makes this border abundant? For one thing, no soil is exposed, thanks to mature plantings and a well-defined canopy and understory. I love the balance between each planting layer, from the ancient live oak trees overhead to the plump hydrangeas, to the heliotropes and ajuga that knit everything together. Several of the abundant design concepts I admire appear in this scene, including a sense of timelessness. The pergola is partially obscured by a healthy wisteria, which has entwined itself around the posts and beams. Imagine being seated there, away and unplugged — thoroughly embedded in this garden.

      Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Traditional Garden StyleMar 12, 2012

      Filling a garden border with trees, perennials and annuals is a time-honored way of masking the edges of a yard and making it seem larger.

      What Houzzers are commenting on:

      layahutch added this to General Back Yard8 hours ago

      Love this landscaping!! Want it!!

      Deborah Lewis added this to Garden And Exterior SpacesJun 3, 2019

      Love the layering with the hydrangeas at the back..

      cazagula added this to Celia Zagula Backyard LandscapingMay 20, 2019

      love the various heights of flowering plants

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