This month's Featured Garden, incredible colorful garden, has been recently updated and is maintained by long-time SDHS member-- Michael Buckner
New and revitalized gardens designed by Michael Buckner surround a mid-century modern home designed by famed architect Henry Hester just steps from San Diego Bay. Most striking is a street-side succulent garden. Mounded soil and Baja Cuesta Red boulders create nooks for Buckner’s signature sculptural plant vignettes that reflect colors of sea and sun. The rhythmic design includes rare and specimen plants, including Agave titanota, A. franzosinii and spiny Madagascar ocotillo (Alluaudia).
Variegated bromeliads link the succulent garden with entry and courtyard gardens while creating a tropical feel. Near the front door, pygmy date palms, cordylines, sansevieria and mondo grass are accented with chunks of slag glass. The private courtyard outside the living room features a patio and lawn shaded by angled pygmy date, kentia and Mediterranean fan palms. Beneath the palms, Buckner added four-season color with bold-foliage plants including dracaena, aeoniums and loropetalum.
The garden is featured in the August 2013 edition of San Diego Home and Gardens Lifestyles Magazine.
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