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Below, closeup from patio above, on south side of garage:
Perspective from downslope looking up:
Arbutus menziesii - Pacific Madrone - West Palomar Mtn. / Upper Agua Tibia, - and -, north side Rodriguez Mtn.Submitted by Scott on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 9:45am
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(Click on title to see more photos) Photo above, on top of the south peak area of Rodriguez Mtn, just south of Palomar Mtn, just south of La Jolla Indian Reservation. Apparently Arctostaphylos glauca, of advanced age, and resembling bonsai aesthetic in character, especially with the boulders. Quite an engaging compositional stylistic character in these two photos. Good influence for inspiration for some built landscapes where this stylistic can be appropriate.
(Click on underlined title to see more) Camissonia bistorta, blooms year-round in typical yard space that has some ambient ground moisture to tap into. Lives about a year or two; readily reseeds and sprouts new plants with rains or occasional irrigation. An all-star performer. Makes masses of plants if you allow it, serving as an informal 12 to 18 inch tall and how ever wide groundcover.
Near La Jolla Shores, great combo effect here with the Hakea and Korean Grass(Zoysia tenuifolia). Hakea suaveolens is native to Australia, Korean grass, - fair to guess it's native to Korea, but it is native to the 'far east' of Asia. Unknown designer.
Banksia prionotes, a Western Australian native, growing in Valley Center; red-leaved Leucadendron behind at right.
Malvaviscus arboreus, grows in a brambly fashion. Fills in airy space, informal, intertwines amongst other plants.
After pruning, which is done annually in spring:
Lovely color combo composition at the Vons shopping center on Midway Drive, with Hymenosporum flavum(tree - yellowish), Agapanthus(blue), Hibiscus 'Crown of Bohemia'(orange), and Xylosma congestum(orangish new growth, hedge in background). Unknown designer.
Here's Peter Pook in Australia and his living sculpture as a chair. And here's his website: http://pooktre.com/photos/
(Click on underlined title to see more) Axel Erlandson created this with six sycamores planted in a ring pattern: "To create the 'Basket Tree', Erlandson planted six sycamore trees in a circle, topped them all at one foot,