Entry Garden in California


Today’s photos come from Mario Herrada, a landscape designer in the Bay Area of California, who is sharing some photos of a beautiful entry garden created for a client in Kensington, California.

The water feature acts as the focal point for the garden. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant plant material has been selected. Plant material has been chosen for the color of the foliage as well as for flower color. The ornamental grasses with their plumes moving to the slightest breeze create a relaxing atmosphere. The garden attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. A Connecticut bluestone staircase and walkway lead you to the front door of this classic ranch-style home.

Looking up at the entry garden from the front door, showing the steps leading down to the home from the street, with moving grasses and colorful foliage filling the view.

The view from the street level, with a planting of Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha, Zones 8–10) blooming in the foreground.

Beautiful clump of dark-leaved aeonium (Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, Zones 9–11). Aeoniums are popular landscape succulents in warm climates. In colder climates you can easily overwinter them indoors, or choose a hardy succulent like a sedum or sempervivium.

Purple tones in the plumes of grass flowers (Pennisetum) are picked up by the dark-foliaged plants growing with them.

Planting at the base of the steps, with a water feature for a focal point, surrounded by colorful foliage and backed by the blooms of a yellow kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos, Zones 9–12).


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