Redefining Staycation

Project Showcase

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What gives LA homes their quintessential cool? The abundant palm trees, desert landscape, and balmy weather certainly help. When we came onto this backyard project in Eagle Rock, it was the perfect canvas for perennial chill vibes. 

Because the owner wanted a classic green yard, but also one that was low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, we used high-quality artificial turf that looks almost indistinguishable from grass.

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Adding to the impact and atmosphere is our signature pavingstone grid along with river pebbles framing the whole yard. This yard is now the perfect space for barbecues, bonfires, or just taking in the sun.

A Desert Paradise Nestled in the Hills

PROJECT SHOWCASE

One of our favorite draught-tolerant projects is this colorful landscape in Pasadena, California. Our designers utilized the large space with a modern design and a variety of plants including lovely calandrinia spectabilis, vibrant kangaroo paw, and bold foxtail agave.

Environmentally Friendly Can be Gorgeous

Despite it's size and diversity, this landscape is practically maintenance-free and extremely water conservative. In fact, this 750 square foot area uses only 48 gallons of water per month; whereas a plain grass lawn of this size would require almost 2000 gallons of water per month.

Many of our clients like to imbue their homes with a sense of creativity and this project was no exception. Our team always takes ideas and questions into account, making our projects extremely unique and personal.

Why You Should Garden with your Kids

By Clara Beaufort

Most children love playing in the dirt, so gardening could be just the solution to getting them outdoors and exposing them to a new activity. Check out these tips to help you get started.

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Let them get dirty. Encourage your child to dig in and get a little dirt on their hands by letting them participate in some age-appropriate gardening. Watching a seed sprout into a full grown plant will seem like magic in the eyes of a child, and they’ll enjoy getting to eat the fruits and veggies grown from their very own gardens. Gardening is also an excellent way for children to develop a positive relationship with their food, which is good news for all the parents of picky eaters out there.

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Make it kid-size. Children will naturally want to use your tools, but adult-sized tools will be difficult to use. To avoid frustration, invest in some tools made specifically for small hands. Let your child pick out their own set of tools, and turn it into a learning process as you teach them how each tool is properly used.

Give them their own space. Make the process even more special by giving your child their own special spot to start their garden. It will instill a sense of independence, and give them the freedom to garden as they please. They can decorate their area with pots, stones, or toys. Your child can walk around barefoot or even lie down and sing to their seedlings. With their own plot, the possibilities are endless.

Children are natural explorers, so let them discover what dirt, water, and sun can do by planting their own garden. You’ll get to spend quality time with your child and watch as they discover what a little hard work can do.

Can I Really Grow Vegetables at Home?

Admit it, you’ve thought about having your own garden to grow vegetables and herbs. Who hasn’t? In a city like LA any opportunity to get back to our roots (pun intended) and enjoy Mother Nature should be taken; not only for our physical but our spiritual health. It’s no secret that most city-dwellers spend the majority of our days indoors, but studies have shown that just 15 minutes of sunlight can boost creativity and concentration.

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So, if you consider your local farmer’s market a “haunt” and would like an excuse to get out even more often, perhaps it’s time to graduate to home-grown fresh produce. 

Almost any sized yard can be utilized for a vegetable garden. In fact, a plot of about 16X10 feet is enough to feed a family of four for one whole summer. To get started, you’ll need ample sunlight and few simple tools and materials. Here are the simple steps to get your garden started.

TOOLS

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LOCATION

First, plant in a sunny location. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest, the bigger the veggies, and the better the taste.

Next, you must plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil more easily. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly

DIG + PLANT!

Dig and turn the soil with a shovel to break up any large chunks of dirt. Remove any stones and roots with a sod cutter, then mix in fresh garden soil

Prepare the hole with a hand trowel, making sure it is at least two times deeper and wider than the plant container. 

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Use the trowel to position the plant into the soil. Read the instructions on your seed or seedling package for the correct depth. 

Lightly cover the base of the plant with the surrounding soil. Do not mound or pile on extra dirt.

Make sure you give each plant enough space! Directions on spacing should be on the seed or seedling package.

Water your plants only when the soil is dry 1/2 inch deep.

 

Stand back, and admire your work. Congrats! You will soon have a delicious vegetable garden to share with your family and friends.

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Ideas for a stylish backyard on a budget

Ever look at your backyard or patio and think it's a bit... blah? While overhauling it with professional landscaping may not be in your budget yet, here are some great (very affordable) accessories that will uplift your home instantly.

Pots & Planters

Nothing says natural beauty like some fresh foliage. Whether you're limited to a small patio or you've got a large backyard to play with, planters will add instant dimension and style with almost zero effort. Not into plant-care? Artificial plants will also do the trick! 

 Norah Pots - $3.99 each

Norah Pots - $3.99 each

 Succulent Letters, Numbers, and Hearts - $29.99

Succulent Letters, Numbers, and Hearts - $29.99

 Hanging Planter Orb - $38.00

Hanging Planter Orb - $38.00

Outdoor Friendly Rugs

The oft omitted area rug plays a much bigger role in designing a space than one might think. They can tie together all the elements of a room and make it feel complete. Here are some of our choices for an area rug that will transform your patio or pergola.

 Alicia Hand-Woven Area Rug - $23.99

Alicia Hand-Woven Area Rug - $23.99

 Diamond Hand Woven Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug - $34.40 

Diamond Hand Woven Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug - $34.40 

 Safavieh Natural Fiber Area Rug - $50

Safavieh Natural Fiber Area Rug - $50

Lights!

One of Flores Artscape's most frequently requested styling options are outdoor string lights. These beauties positively dominate Pinterest and for good reason, they add an etherial glow to any space when used properly. A quick Google search will find a plethora of options but here are some of our first choices.

 Outdoor Party String Lights - $18.40

Outdoor Party String Lights - $18.40

 Celestial Globe String Lights - $27

Celestial Globe String Lights - $27

Happy decorating!

Privacy Hedges: Advantages & Some Popular Types

 Podocarpus Privacy Hedge

Podocarpus Privacy Hedge

Advantages               

               Adds beauty & definition

·              Reduces noise & pollution

·              Provides more fresh air

·              Shades & cools areas

·              Protects tender plants

·              Can create curves with

·              Acts as privacy screen

·              Stops strong winds

 Ficus Privacy Hedge

Ficus Privacy Hedge

Some Popular Types

·               Podacarpus

·               Ficus

·               Hopseed

 

Planting hedge plants two feet apart is the usual, but they can be placed a little closer so they’ll fill in faster.

 Hopseed Privacy Hedge

Hopseed Privacy Hedge

Fences: Tips & Types

Below you can compare the advantages of some popular types:

WOOD

 CUSTOM REDWOOD FENCE--Dark Stain

CUSTOM REDWOOD FENCE--Dark Stain

  • Most popular
  • Sense of privacy
  • Attractive
  • Natural look
  • Warm & welcoming
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Long lasting
  • Can be stained or painted for different looks
  • Redwood is one popular choice

VINYL

  Custom Vinyl Fence

 Custom Vinyl Fence

  • Strong & flexible
  • Maintenance free
  • Easy to clean
  • Long lifespan

WROUGHT IRON

 Custom Wrought Iron Fence

Custom Wrought Iron Fence

  • Beautiful & decorative
  • Durable & strong
  • Fits well with certain styles

We have many years of experience designing and installing all types  of custom fences.

Should You Talk to Your Plants?

But seriously.

We've all seen it: some folks have the magical power of imbuing their gardens with some kind of plant "immortality" whereas others can't even keep a succulent alive more than a week!

Now, it's safe to assume that our poor friends with brown thumbs are really making an effort. If you use the right amount of water, soil and light, that should be it, right?

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Testing the myth

The notion that our gardens my have feelings is certainly not new. German professor Gustav Fechner proposed the idea way back in 1848. And while no scientific societies have put the subject to bed conclusively, many studies have suggested that plants do respond positively to sound exposure.

In an experiment run over a month, the Royal Horticultural Society played the voices of 10 different people (men and women) to 10 different tomato plants, with two plants growing in silence as control. At the end of the month, the plants “listening” to female voices grew an average of an inch taller than the rest.

On the popular show Mythbusters, 60 pea plants were grown in three separate green houses. Further, they played two different soundtracks to the plants: one of loving praise and the other cruel insults. The growth of the plants was charted over 60 days with surprising results. The silent greenhouse produced most poorly of the three, while both the kind and cruel soundtracks seemed to have positively effected the pea plants.

Whether you believe the myth or not, it may be worth chatting up your plants this weekend.