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More of Kathy’s Calabasas Garden

More images from a beloved garden

We’re back in Calabasas, California, today, looking at the garden Kathy Sandel created. She is a retired landscape designer, and this is the garden she created for herself at the home where she lived for more than 20 years. She moved away from this garden a few years ago, so these photos are a chance to look back and remember a beautiful and much-loved garden space.

Two great roses are blooming together: the climbing rose ‘Sally Holmes’ growing with a David Austin rose in front.

This view of the same pairing shows more of ‘Sally Holmes’. The individual flowers of this variety are small and have only five petals, but they bloom in big clusters that certainly add up to more than the sum of their parts.

The rose ‘Angel Face’ was trained to climb up a wall. This highly fragrant variety has unusual lavender blooms.

The white-blooming Geralton waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum, Zones 9–11) is a native of Australia. Like many Australian plants, it adapts well to live in California.

Columbines (Aquilegia hybrids, Zones 3–9) with purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis ‘Purpurea’ Zones 7–10) growing at the base of roses

White heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens ‘Alba’, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) with clusters of very fragrant blooms

Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus, Zones 8–10) in the foreground, with countless beautiful roses behind

Steps up to the garden, with succulents and other plants growing amid and cascading down the rocks

The front walkway features begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 9–11) and star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zones 8–11).

The trees are dressed for a dinner party.

It is easy to see why Kathy loved this garden so much!


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  1. gardendevas 12/07/2023

    Absolutely glorious, Kathy! Such a wealth of roses and supporting partners, in such a beautiful space. Thank you for sharing your creation.

  2. Oxdriftgardener 12/07/2023

    Fabulous Kathy. I feel for you having to make the decision to leave that all behind! I have been nurturing mine for 45 years and my roots are deep. I have trouble even cutting back enough that we can do a bit of summer time traveling. The day will probably come that our kids will have to haul me out of here kicking and screaming LOL.

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    simplesue 12/07/2023

    Oh the lush "front walk" and the jasmine, and that view- just a perfect little paradise.
    Such amazing pruning on your rose ‘Angel Face’ it's a real show piece. Did I miss reading that you have another garden now? If so please share posts of the new one too!

    1. [email protected] 12/07/2023

      I feel the need to say I did not do this garden alone. I have to give credit to my contractor, Cesareo Rojas, who has worked with me for years installing and maintaining many of my gardens including my own. The quality and health of the plants reflect how they were planted and maintained. Beginning soil prep is of the utmost importance. The least dramatic but most important element in installation.

  4. btucker9675 12/07/2023

    How did you ever manage to leave this wonderful garden? Perfection!

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