By Kim Charles

Isotomia, in front, white salvia's, iceberg roses on arbor and curly clematis. Lilac trees to the right along with a cercis tree. Further, is a large stone bird bath that gives the birds a place to enjoy. Going for a mostly white look. Rhodies, white oak hydrangea, three azaleas, nemesia and grevilla.

Ines Malardino has swapped lawn space for rewarding gardens.

"We live in San Mateo, CA and re-landscaped 2015 to remove two lawn areas. Love my garden, it brings me joy."

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Avalanche clematis climbing up to the arbor over the garage.

Tulip magnolia, hydrangea and foxglove.

Potted azalea at the front door.

Alyssum, hydrangea, and rhodies overlooking the Monterey pine trees.

Boxwood topiary, alyssum, diascia, ferns and a weeping cherry tree.

Decomposed granite is replacing the lawn at rear garden with flagstone. Carix, abutilons, philadelphias, rhodendrons, cercis, and akebea are near the fence. A hammock hangs from a large olive tree at the left, along with salvias and 3 potted box woods.

A flagstone patio sits in front of the Koi pond with potato vines on two trellises at new fence at the rear. Potted sweet flag sits in front of the three podocarpus trees at the rear of the pond. Akebea grows along the fence to the left with both a green and blood red maple tree. There is a stone bench to the left facing the pond to sit and watch the Koi....a zen garden.

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