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Deluge to Delight

Updated: Feb 23, 2019

Recent mudslides swept over large areas of Santa Barbara.  Many of our cherished gardens were dramatically impacted or lost by these events.  Cleaning up and restoring these gardens is a painstaking task that will continue for many years to come.  


Once the storms cleared, we were contacted by a long-term client to help restore their garden.  An area of their oak woodland garden was inundated with soil, branches and boulders.  Clearing the dirt and debris was the first step in restoring the garden.  Once cleared, a new design was created that included a dry stream bed as a channel for future water overflow.


RECENT STORM DAMAGE WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A NEW DRY CREEK GARDEN.

Boulders and stones were arranged along the edges and bottom creating a natural dry stream bed.

GRASSES, GROUND COVERS AND PERENNIALS NATURALIZED THE BANKS

Grasses, flowering shrubs, perennials, and ground covers soften and drape the bouldery banks. Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails', Blue Ground Morning Glory, Grey-green Catmint, Sliver Lambs Ear, Native Sedge, and White Iris knit together the slopes and banks of the new dry creek. California Lilac, Crimson Spot Rockrose, Plum colored Heuchera, everblooming Hardy Geranium, and Autumn Moor Grass transition the garden into the surrounding Oak Woodland.

A FOOTBRIDGE CONNECTS THE GARDEN

A small wooden bridge spans the new dry creek and connects one side of the garden with the other.


Recent mudslides impacted many of our cherished gardens. As our heartbreak heals, new gardens rise up from the dirt and debris.

Landscapes by Davids

Design.Build.Care

805.963.9335

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