some recent driveby gardens

Documenting my enthusiasm for gardens seen on foot or driving through Los Angeles neighborhoods has migrated to Instagram, which seems more suited to a quick visual blast without background information on how such landscapes came to be. But I’m making an exception for these two beauties, which happen to be directly across the street from each other in the Hancock Park neighborhood. The intelligent interplay of house and garden, the crisp outlines and massing of plants alternating with negative space, strong verticals, all done with an aim of limited supplemental irrigation, not to mention the amazing stonework in one and tilework in the other — I was so smitten I had to go back and get some photos for the blog. And do you think I got enough photos of that multi-trunked Yucca rostrata? Enjoy!

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7 Responses to some recent driveby gardens

  1. Kris P says:

    Wonderful! You know that the local landscape aesthetic is changing when you see thirsty lawns and conventional foundation plants replaced by drought tolerant beauties like these in a neighborhood like Hancock Park. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen a multi-trunked Yucca rostrata. Heck, I don’t see Yucca rostrata of any type around here often.

  2. That tile! That Yucca rostrata…

  3. Elaine says:

    Wow! The first photo is a real stunner. Love the colour palette. And yes, the Yucca rostrata is gorgeous.

  4. hb says:

    Yes those are both gorgeous, the first especially. The Spanish Colonial style of the homes is perfect for a Mediterranean climate landscape. Thanks for posting them here–I boycott FB/Instagram.

  5. Agreed with hb on posting some drive-bys here on your blog. These are photo worthy, to be sure, as 2/3 of each combination won’t make it at home though 1/3 will!

  6. Epiphyte says:

    I couldn’t initially tell if the tall slender plant with multiple bare branches was a Dracaena or an Aloe. Then I zoomed in and saw that it’s an Aloe. But which one?? Doesn’t quite look like Aloe bainesii or tongaensis, but maybe it’s just a matter of conditions or culture?

  7. Denise says:

    Maybe ‘Hercules’ but hard to tel from a distance

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