Update on California drought and drought resistant gardening

Now that winter is over and the El Nino weather pattern is weakening, the State Water District has agreed that the California drought emergency is over and water restrictions can be lifted.  This is good news to all of us who live in California, especially those of us who love the beauty of a lush green lawn.

When the water restrictions were put into place it became necessary for us to re-think our backyard landscaping.  We decided to do away with the grass and replace it with a carefully thought out plan that consists of drought resistant plants, pavers and gravel.  We documented the process here on the blog where you can review the before and after pictures.  To recap, our "old" yard looked like this:

Photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

Photo Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016

and our "new" yard looks like this

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

During this process we learned quite a bit about plants that can survive in the very dry conditions of southern California by visiting World Wide Exotics Nursery.  We also recycled an old birdbath and turned it into a lovely little table to set a glass of wine on when enjoying a late afternoon happy hour.

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

And Martin even came away inspired by some of the plants we found and the end result are these beautiful bronze candlesticks.

Bronze candlesticks by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016 Photo Doug Hill  

Bronze candlesticks by Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016

Photo Doug Hill

 

To read more about our drought resistant gardening or to view our entire collection of door handles and architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at"

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929