Grace Design AssociatesTraditional Garden, Santa Barbara

Lovely built dream home on a bluff overlooking the spectacular Santa Barbara coastline.
Distinctly different gardens reading as a harmonious whole-was our mission!
The owners had defined ten distinctly different gardens to be installed across the almost three-acre site. How were these to be woven together into a cohesive whole, which in turn would compliment the Italianate façade of the 10,000 square foot house?
The gardens rendered as a string of pearls -- Each of the ten gardens was separately designed to be its own special jewel. And yet, when viewed from afar or from the grand terrace above, several of the gardens and numerous garden elements are "Linked Together as a String of Pearls" -- the White Garden, the Christmas Tree (a large deodar underplanted with white foliaged "snow"), the Theater Garden, the Perennial Border (mandated by the coastal commission to protect the bluff top from failing), the Koi pond, the Queen's Garden, the Pergola and the Herb Garden all flow in a loose chain around the perimeter of a central back lawn. This design concept drove many of the other design decisions and specific design techniques.
** Builder of the Year: Best Landscape and Hardscape, Santa Barbara Contractors Association

Inspiration for a traditional garden in Santa Barbara. —  Houzz
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Joanna Tovia added this to 73 Ways to Beat the Christmas Rush28 November 2016

36. Give your garden a tidy up well ahead of time – not the day guests are due to arrive.37. Sweep the deck and get rid of cobwebs the weekend before Christmas.38. Wipe down outdoor furniture and check upholstery for marks that might need sponging off … or just throw a tablecloth over the top.

Joanna Tovia added this to 22 Garden Ideas to Bring Europe Home24 September 2015

17. Sweet and sourCumquat or lemon trees in pots can work in any sized garden, whether bordering a bricked terrace or tucked up by the back door. Plant lush flowers around the base and let them spill over the pot.More: How to Create an Orchard in a Small Garden

Kerryn Ramsey added this to Pre-Summer Backyard Blitz: Week 4 – Keeping Your Garden Green6 September 2015

4. Add nutrients to the waterMake watering serve double-duty by adding fertiliser, feed and minerals to the water. Soluble seaweed fertiliser is great for all around the garden, but some plants require certain minerals and solutions as well. Many soluble fertilisers are commercially available and give detailed instructions to match them to the appropriate plants.

Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to Top 10 Things to Do in the Garden in May20 April 2015

2. Plant fruit treesIf the ground is not too dry in your area, May is the ideal time to plant evergreen fruit trees such as Citrus, guava (Psidium) and feijoa (Acca sellowiana). The cooler weather and increased moisture in the soil means they can establish new roots before their growth slows down in winter. Choose a well-drained, sunny part of the garden that is protected from cold winds. Make a hole as deep as the container the tree comes in, so the base of the trunk is level with or slightly above top of soil. The hole should be 30cm wider than the container, so you can mix in some compost to existing soil.If you’re planting a lemon tree, keep the ground around the root zone free of weeds or grass, as their feeder root systems are close to the surface and do not like to compete for nutrients and moisture. Weeds also harbour pests and diseases. In colder areas, mulch under trees to keep soil warm in winter, but make sure mulch is not too close to the stem or it may cause rotting. TIP: If you remove one third of fruit while plants are very small, you’ll get a better crop the following season.

Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to Top 10 Scented Plants for Your Garden2 February 2015

4. Citrus Citrus flowers are sweetly scented, plus there’s the bonus of delicious fruit. Citrus need plenty of moisture and food, particularly from spring until autumn. Most are vulnerable to frost, so plant in pots in cooler regions. The main flowering period is summer but some citrus varieties such as Meyer lemon will flower and fruit virtually all year.

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Big Dog added this to Mediterranean Gardens II11 October 2021

Dwarf Tangerines Zone 9-10, Ground Morning Glory Z 7-9, Calibrachoas Z10-11

kcderksen added this to Wish List11 April 2021

Old container stone look/ height on flowering tree