landscapes that are designed utilizing southern california native plants to regenerate the earth utilizing sustainable practices and permaculture design principles.
design + planning
sketches + plans of proposed residential landscape designs.
Permeable patio spaces + pathways designed and created with eco-friendly materials such as urbanite (broken concrete), flagstone and decomposed granite.
urbanite leading to the front door creates a permeable and sustainable pathway.
large pieces of flagstone create this wonderful backyard gathering space with tree stump seating surrounding a fire.
urbanite was used to create a functional patio space in this client's backyard.
various pavers with pebble fillers were used here to create an interesting pathway leading to the wooden deck // we used urbanite as well to create bench seating under the large tree.
the client here had existing pavers that we arranged in a useable + artistic way to create a functional patio space.
flagstone was arranged here to create a permeable pathway leading to the side gate // mulch was added to the surrounding areas for water retention.
permeable flagstone patio space
flagstone creates the main pathway for this front yard.
custom designed and fabricated structures made of various materials such as wood, concrete and steel.
custom wood trellis + stair railing.
custom wood + corrugated metal raised veggie beds with integrated wood/cable gate to keep the dog away from the food production.
custom irrigation manifold cover made of reclaimed wood and finished with succulents.
Edible food gardens in urban environments.
custom rough-cut redwood and corrugated metal planter beds with steel cables were designed for herbs and vegetables filling the main space. The far corner of the backyard has banana trees with a central composting bin which continuously fertilizes and regenerates the soil for the fruit trees.
fresh backyard harvest
native goji berries
urban backyard food forest
harvest from coco peat // coco peat is a sustainable and alternative option to potting soil made from coconut fibers leftover from the coconut processing industry. It has high water retention with aeration properties and has a slightly acidic pH that a variety of plants prefer.
scarlet runner beans.
landscapes that we maintain throughout the year in the southern california area.
various ways of managing rainwater catchment and distribution within a landscape including dry streambeds and rain gardens.
this native landscape incorporates a dry creek bed to manage and capture the rainwater runoff.
this side-scape is full of native plants includes a dry creek bed to manage + distribute rainwater.
this frontyard incorporates a dry streambed to manage the rainwater runoff.
this dry creek bed flows throughout this landscape to capture and distribute rain runoff.
close up detail shots of various plants and design features within a landscape.
Calliandra eriophylla(commonly known as fairy duster)
doesn't it look like a fairy duster? this bright red flowering native plant is a low spreading shrub.
Eriogonum crocatum(commonly known as Conejo buckwheat or Saffron Buckwheat)
This beautiful fractal plant is a rare species of wild Buckwheat and is endemic to the southern California area.
Borago officinalis (commonly known as Borage or Starflower)
The purple flowers are edible and super delish! they almost taste like cucumber.
Stachy's bullata (commonly known as Hedge nettle)
Eriogonum fasciculatum (commonly known as California Buckwheat)
this species of wild buckwheat with a friendly little pollinator.
Dudleya pulverulenta (commonly known as chalk lettuce)
a very common succulent plant to see around southern california.
Eriophyllum confertifolium (commonly known as Golden yarrow)
salvaged + reclaimed
Built creations utilizing reclaimed, salvaged and/or repurposed materials.
reclaimed wood from pallets was used to build this custom irrigation manifold cover.
railroad ties were used in this small backyard space to create functional and artistic raised planter beds.
this close up shows the use of broken drain grates to create an artistic element in these railroad tie planter beds.
railroad ties are dug into the ground to create the perimeter of this planter
before + after
before & after photos showing the regenerative transformations of past projects.
this photo album shows the sites just after installation with a follow up photo underneath showing the plants filling into the landscape about a year later.
this photo is an example of how much a landscape can fill in within a year of planting. once the plants get established, they really begin to grow into their own and the full vision of the original design reveals itself. the original landscape was planted by Apiana Native Landscapes and we maintain the site on a monthly basis.
This beautiful native front yard slope with 6 fruit trees at the top is less than a year old and hasn't been watered (by municipal water) since last fall. The top image shows the space just after installation and the bottom picture is less than a year later showing the plants established in their environment. The shower drainage system was retrofitted into a greywater system and there is a rain barrel on the side of the house to harvest the rainfall. The dry creek doubles as rain tank over flow and shower greywater catchment which directly feeds the fruit trees.
this Dana Point project has its own dedicated album because of the complexity of the integrated system that was designed and installed at this site.
this beautiful native front yard slope with 6 fruit trees at the top is less than a year old and hasn't been watered (by municipal water) since last fall. the shower drainage system was retrofitted into a greywater system and there is a rain barrel on the side of the house to harvest the rainfall. the dry creek doubles as rain tank over flow and shower greywater catchment which directly feeds the fruit trees.
phase two of this project featured the welded fence, patio and concrete fire pit; a remarkable transformation. shoutout to Thrice Engineering for helping with the weld and bringing the vision to fruition!
this project began as a collaborative learning experience with The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano and H2OME Smart Water Savings. it became so much more than expected and is still going.
scroll through the photos to see what a beautiful native landscape can look like with smart and sustainable design. below the photos there are a few short videos walking through parts of the space.
Native Landscape in Southern California
the native plants here were put in last summer (2016) and have only been in the ground for only about 9 months. they have not been irrigated since last fall and have been watered by rainwater overflow and greywater up top.
Sustainable Landscape in Southern California
this video is a mini tour showing where the rain tank stores water, where the greywater overflow is, and how the entire system is integrated with the landscape to feed the fruit trees and native plants.
Greywater Feeding Fruit Trees in Southern California
a little tour showing the greywater system: here is the basin that comes from the shower and waters the loquat tree, persimmon tree and native plants. another basin waters the lemon tree and overflows down the creek to water both the pomegranate and fig trees.
Patio Space Designed and Installed by Earth Steward Ecology
this video is a little tour of this newly completed patio space. this space features a cedar plank bench, poured in place fire pit, and patio railroad tie perimeters for the planters.