This backyard was overgrown and full of untapped potential. It was full of plants inappropriate to the Southern California climate, and the irrigation system was inefficient. The grass couldn't grow in the back of the yard. The orange tree had a virulent sucker tree which needed to be removed, and the bougainvillea was 40" deep from the fence! The rose bushes were a danger to the young couple's toddler, and there was no room for a table or chairs. The yard was unusable.
Shana's design called for aggressively pruning the bougainvillea, saving the orange tree by removing the sucker tree, sending the rose bushes to new homes, putting in a new drip irrigation system for the new, thinner beds, and re-laying the sprinkler heads for the smaller rectangle of grass. New paving stones were laid for the BBQ area and area near the side gate. All of the new plantings are drought tolerant and will thrive in SoCal. The back half of the yard, which had never been able to sustain grass for various reasons, was replaced with decomposed granite. This will give the perfect base for a new picnic table and a pair of Adirondack chairs. The new patch of grass will be the ideal place to play.
A main feature of the new back yard design is the addition of cafe lights strung across the entire length of the yard on new poles, painted bronze by Shana.
Plant selections and all labor to complete this transformation was executed by Scape Outdoors, per the space plan design of Shana Cunningham Designs.