Welcome to Frank Villalpando’s garden in Sylmar, California.
My backyard is about 10 years old. When I was in grammar school, I used to do gardening with my grandfather at homes in Encino, Sherman Oaks, and then eventually Beverly Hills. My ideas come from those homes I worked on. My passion came from those great homes that had been landscaped 20 to 30 years ago. You can see the vision of the people who owned them then, and the vision of those who own them now.
Everybody has a favorite plant. I love lots of plants, from my ‘Mr. Lincoln’ rose to my ‘First Prize’ rose. The smell in the blossoms can freshen up any room.
There are plenty of difficulties in the garden, from bad weather to using the wrong mulch. But just like anything, you have to do trial and error, not lose hope, and go back to basics. There are good years and bad years, but balance is the key. The most important things are proper watering, improving the soil constantly with amendments, and exercising a lot of love and a lot of imagination.
Looking out from a shaded seating area into the garden, which is a riot of bright colors and flowers.
Frank’s hard work clearly has paid off with the abundance of fragrant flowers on this rose. Can’t you almost smell it?
A perfect spot to sit and enjoy the beauty of the garden.
Steps lined with blooms welcome you up and into the garden.
Plenty of containers help soften the edges of the hardscape.
This garden is certainly a paradise, and you can tell how much love, imagination, and hard work Frank has put into creating this beautiful space.
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