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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I love all the bird houses! I put them in my garden spaces too. You have done a great job of eliminating lawn!
Life is so much easier and the outlook is always lovely.
Looks beautiful, thank you, especially love the angel/fairy garden part, rocks etc Blessings
Same to you... :)
Wow !!! Ya'll have been busy ! Beautiful!!!
I know, right? Thanks...
It is impossible for me to imagine this as lawn. You did a fabulous job with it.
Thank you! added more brick work as well.
Wonderful job. I'm sure your getting plenty of joy from your hard work of lawn conversion. Love all of your stones and stonework.
Thank you., yes, so loving just walking around, feeding the birds, and then the Koi, manicuring and dead heading things :)
Your somewhat newly installed plant material seems to be doing great under your care, Ines. Being a joy filled gardener is one of the magic ingredients that makes a garden thrive. I'm curious what the variety of the particularly tall ferns are in picture #6 if you happen to know. It looks likes one I grow that is called Royal fern or Osmunda regalis.
My best guess is Blechnum spicant Deer Fern. Can reach 2 ft tall.
Think it is a tassel fern, had to cut many fronds as it was covering the azaleas and snapdragons, had to let the sunshine in.
I kept the tags on the multitude of plants purchased. Tassel ferns, but it states on the web it grows 2 x 2 feet. I have so many of them and that one is huge. i looked it up though: Polystichum
Polystichum is a genus of about 260 species of ferns with a cosmopolitan distribution. The highest diversity is in eastern Asia, with about 120 species in China alone; the region from Mexico to Brazil has nearly 100 additional species; Africa (17 species), North America (15 species), and Europe (5 species) have much lower diversity. Polystichum species are terrestrial or rock-dwelling ferns of warm-temperate and montane-tropical regions (a few species grow in alpine regions).
Well, your telling me it's a tassel fern is fun news to me since I had just purchased a tassel fern last week. Now, I'm excited for a few years in the future when it gets bigger. Thanks for the identification.
My pleasure, something to look forward to... :)
How much more fascinating is this beautiful garden than grass. I enjoyed your plant diversity and combos. Well done
Thank you... so many of the plants I use propagate well. I love that...
I've always loved podocarpus...you are so fortunate to be able to grow it. I'm not sure what Diascia is! Is your alyssum hardy for you? I'll go back over your photos a couple of times to take it all in! Thanks for sharing!
Looked this up for you:
Diascia is a genus of around 70 species of herbaceous annual and perennial flowering plants of the family Scrophulariaceae, native to southern Africa, including South Africa, Lesotho and neighbouring areas. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Diascia
Higher classification: Hemimerideae
Yes, the alyssum is really happy and I mix it with bacopa that just trails along beautifully and the nemesia. Love using angelonia as well.
Love the pic with the Boxwood topiary, alyssum, diascia, ferns and weeping cherry tree. I need to steal your idea.
Please do! Imitation is the best compliment they say.
You really have brought Joy To The World with your garden. I love all the hardscaping you have created to help emphasize your gorgeous planted sections. Lots of hard work for the Love of Gardening.
Thank you, thank you. The project started end of January and completed late August.
Exhausting but worth it.
Lovely transformation. You have certainly been busy, but your love of gardening shows in the health of all your plants. Hardscapes are especially and using them to replace lawn is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
We did have an amazing however overpriced landscaper.
All those huge pieces of flagstone and huge rocks were a killer for them to carry in.
As the plants grow, I move them around. Just this weekend had a carix that became too large, removed, cut in half and placed else where.
What is ablutions? Do you mean abutilons? I would think in a "Fine Gardening" website, spelling would be checked! Azaeleas? Azaleas? Come on !!!!!
If this were a spelling test, she still would have an "A". Look at all the words she spelled correctly! And the garden is a definite A+!
An azalea spelled any way would be as pretty. "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway" Pollen Your third photo with the maganolia,hidraingea,& foxgluv in that setting remind me of that quote. Catty remarks on this gentle & kind site are an abomination up with I will not put.
Inez, I enjoyed your post, good luck,Joe
And I enjoy you as well...
Thank you for being so very sweet, and I do appreciate your kindness.
Ms. Smith, I regret sending my earlier post. It was misdirected & not intended to be to be a response to yours. It should not have been sent at all. I apologize to you,Ines, & all the folks who follow this blog.
Good luck to you & everyone else this season,Joe
No problem....I did not think it was a response to my response :) I am thankful for everyone's contributions to this site! Good luck on your gardening as well.
Think nothing of it, it was taken in the right spirit and appreciated. No apologies needed. Wishing you all the best...
Great job! And I love all the ornamentation that you have incorporated in your gardens. A lovely variety of plants. The stonework is also beautiful. The koi pond is wonderful... love the waterfall too!
Thank you so much.
I know first hand how happy removing lawn can make you feel. I ridded myself of lawn about 8 years ago and sold my lawnmower to my neighbor. I felt liberated. Now, in my garden designs, I'm well known for removing lawn. I do, however, make a distinction between a lawn by default and a lawn by design. Lawns can make good pathways as negative space, or utilitarian for dogs and sports. I'm glad, though, that I no longer have any, and you seem to feel the same. Congrats, and happy gardening.
Wow, you design gardens? Cool... We did place lots of isotoma and it has taken off, it is so pretty right now with the little blue flowers. When it gets really tall, I cut it down, not sure if that is what Is supposed to be done.
The little birds love it which is a delight to watch. It does creep all over however, still love the looks. Just this year we started a gardener but only once a month and that is super also.
I fully back your decision. I did the same. Less lawn, more garden - it only makes sense...and a chance to entertain much more interesting plants. Grass can be a good accent, but you don't need a vast swath of such a demanding and relatively boring plant. I love your plant selections and stones. Grow with it. Thank you for sharing.
:) thank you...
Lawn-less beautiful garden and Thanks for sharing! Especially love pond and bird houses.
:) thank you.
I am very interested to learn what you do to keep your non-lawn weed free. I had a large gravel led area in a garden sometime ago - used a propane device to deal with it. Nowadays I am more ethical but I have lawn to deal with. Fortunately I live in the country so don't have to keep it weed free.
OK Jay - solutions?
Love all your beautiful plants, trees and flowers. Just all so pretty and relaxing.
The old lawn area was sprayed with weed killer after all the lawn was removed. A bit after the decomposed gravel with stabilizer (?) was added and tampered down. Occasional small weeds pop up, which i remove with a screwdriver type tool and I have sprayed with white vinegar, sometimes sprinkled baking soda on green mossy areas after the rains. Thank you...
Sorry to be late with this posting Ines but wanted to say how much I enjoyed your gardens. I too have dug up quite a bit of lawn over the years and it allows for so many new beautiful planting areas. Looks like you have filled your new spaces with much charm and artistry. Wonderful plantings. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much, I appreciate your input...
The Koi are so beautiful and come when I whistle to feed them. Thank you.
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