Printer Friendly

Nothing timid about it; bold trellis and tile create a shaded place for entertaining.

Bold trellis and tile create a shaded place for entertaining. And this garden is water saving

Does this Irvine garden foretell the future of California landscaping? Possibly. It combines functional, attractive structures, easy-care surfaces, and just a few well-displayed, low-water-use plants.

The owners and designers of the garden, Suzanne and Rudy Svrcek, did not concentrate primarily on saving water; they aimed instead at creating shade and a place for entertaining, in a garden with a Southwestern look. But the plants they selected also happen to be heroically

drought resistant.

The Svrceks' water-conserving plants are in three areas. A ground-level planter cut into the tile patio contains a number of succulents. A raised planter along the outside of the patio holds low-growing baccharis and tall blue palo verde (the latter for sun-screening and privacy).

The garden's focal point is a sandy berm dotted with barrel and saguaro cactus. The tall saguaros never need watering. The squat barrel cactus could get by unirrigated, but the Svrceks water them occasion ally to keep them green and plump. During midyear, all the other plants get watered every 7 to 14 days, depending on weather, and only once or twice from October to March.

There is nothing timid about the size and detailing of the columns and trellis. Rather than more slender 2- or 4-inch-thick posts and beams, the Svrceks used massive6-by-10s on thick columns, in scale with the two-story tract house.
COPYRIGHT 1989 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1989 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Sunset
Date:May 1, 1989
Words:237
Previous Article:Three zones in one spacious, well-organized kitchen.
Next Article:Once the furnace monster lived there. Now it's a bright playroom-office.
Topics:


Related Articles
Gather round the firepit and its heat-collecting hood.
The toughies grow on the street side, the dainties grow on the house side.
For shade or changing alongside the pool.
Small side yard becomes shady retreat
Super-trellis did it.
Lap pool, two trellised decks, raised planter in a skinny yard. How?
New looks for old pools.
A trio of Trellises for shade, privacy, climbing vines.
Angled trellises for privacy and sun control.
Trellis does double duty: plant shade, pool warmer.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters