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debora carl landscape designMediterranean Landscape, San Diego

A once forgotten side yard turns into a charming gravel garden
Martin Residence
Cardiff by the Sea, Ca

Design ideas for a small mediterranean side yard formal garden in San Diego. —  Houzz
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Suzy Wright wrote:Apr 8, 2013
alexia7 wrote:Sep 6, 2012
  • houston2012
    The flowers are Vinca they come in white, hot pink, lighter pink, light purple they grow fast, I have them for years and with our mild winter they always come back in spring time
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    Amanda Carol Interiors

    This design is simple and clean.

Deb Sanders wrote:Jun 2, 2013
  • zenypon
    where can I buy this type of urn?
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    Ancient Surfaces
    Wonderful meditative gem you've created. This reminds us of a stone wellhead we've installed in a similar 'keyhole' shaped front courtyard instead of a backyard.
whippetgrey wrote:Dec 22, 2012
  • skitoid
    Can you please tell me what kind of stones you used in this path?
  • Gloria
    The white flowers are vinca most likely or white impatients.
mamagrub wrote:Apr 29, 2012
  • camille2013
    I have a fence that is 6' x 30' and I would like to have something like this climb up it. Is it evergreen or flowers?
  • draskovic
    hedera helix
Kay Alaysa wrote:Dec 1, 2012
sfalter1 wrote:Jul 20, 2012
  • Leah Fuscardo
    Looks close to SW6187 Rosemary, or SW6188 Shade Grown. Just a best guess.
  • bcomments
    what is the gate color, please?
jen5oaks wrote:Oct 20, 2013
  • jazzlvr

    36" would be the width of the gravel walkway

tlupinetti wrote:Aug 28, 2012
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    debora carl landscape design
    This is something that the clients found during their travels. I do not know the source.
tlupinetti wrote:Jul 23, 2012
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    debora carl landscape design
    The homeowner found the iron pot holder at a housewares/garden store in north San Diego but says it was the only one available.
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              What Houzz contributors are saying:

              Lauren Dunec Design added this to 12 Tricks to Make the Most of Your YardAug 3, 2016

              6. Add a focal point. What would otherwise be a nondescript side yard becomes an inviting destination with the addition of a large Italian-style urn filled with branches, a trio of terra-cotta pots mounted to the garden gate and lushly planted borders. Offering multiple attractive areas for the eye to rest makes a space feel larger. When the plants die down in winter, the large terra-cotta pot will still provide a focal point and visually anchor the area.

              Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to 4 Tips for Designing a Wildlife-Friendly Small GardenJan 29, 2016

              If you put everything together, you have a garden that’s doing many things for wildlife: Grass provides birds with nesting material and insects to eat.Moths and butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed, asters, coneflowers, wild indigo and grasses.Flowers provide pollen and nectar to pollinators.Ornamental seed heads create winter interest.A thick planting scheme of grasses and sedges combats weeds.All told, you may have roughly 50 plants in a 100-square-foot bed, depending on if you have a path and how wide it is. If you can buy plugs or 3-inch pots, you may spend in the neighborhood of $250 to $350 on the plant material.More16 Ways to Get More From Your Small BackyardBrowse plants native to more regions of the U.S.

              Billy Goodnick Garden Design added this to Strike a Balance: Stuff vs. Space in the GardenApr 19, 2013

              Using my very unscientific analysis method, I’d say this garden is 40 percent space and 60 percent stuff — hence the more intimate appearance. The garden has an obvious central axis, and the garden elements on each side of the imaginary line mirror one another. With the exception of the creeping fig (Ficus pumila) on the wall, all the plants will grow no taller than knee high, assuring that the beds will remain uncluttered. This approach retains a feeling of openness and focuses attention on the urn at the center of the “keyhole”.

              Frank Organ added this to Unwind in an Enclosed Garden Sanctuary — Outdoors or InJan 25, 2013

              Medieval enclosed gardens were enjoyed mainly by the wealthy, who could afford the cost of construction and upkeep, but monastic gardens were also enclosed. Monks required seclusion for their contemplative lives, and the hortus conclusus gave them the required sense of security and seclusion.In this garden of today, the high walls, simple gravel path, seating and low plantings echo some of the elements of the early monastic enclosed garden.

              What Houzzers are commenting on:

              BRIDGESTREET added this to Calloway YardJun 7, 2019

              Creeping fig on wall. Place the old wall fountain on the back wall between planters with fig growing around it. White vinca looks good. Maybe white peppermint annuals with the broadleaf plant (name?) with red flowers.

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