Collection by Linda Taalman

Hollywood Renovation: Week 9

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This week the plan was to transform the back garden into a lush California native garden inspired in part by Maui, where we just returned from vacation. However, it has been raining almost every day since we returned, making it impossible to work outside. Finally today there was a break in the rain and so this week’s blog covers our ideas for the back garden. Our goal was to source the materials locally and plant everything in one day. Of course, we would love to walk outside and find the same natural world that we discovered in almost every corner in Maui, where each tree and plant seemed to be a perfect specimen. However, we're in drought-prone Los Angeles, and a large cedar and another tree dominate the back yard, making the space underneath shady most of the time. So we looked to the forests to find solutions.

In this exclusive series for Dwell.com, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture tracks the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Hollywood, California. Week 9: Tackling the garden.

Click here to read past installments of our Hollywood Renovation series.

Rocks are definitely an element we are planning to bring to the space, large and small...
…along with fern-like plants that keep the space open and give us a dense green environment.
Two large sculptural lava rocks in the form of a table and chair would be great in the open area in our yard currently…
A large tree trunk bench—shown here raised off the ground with two stone slabs from the Presidio in San Francisco—would…
For native plants I returned to the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, CA. The nursery is continuing the legacy…
Visiting the Theodore Payne nursery is also a tour through a fantastic native plants garden, with 22 acres showcasing…
Every species is identified with a card that tells you what conditions the plant prefers, its cycles, what animals are…
I collected my plants in a rubber wheeled cart provided by the nursery, so you can pull it around as you study the…
And then I did my best to carefully squeeze all 25 plants into my Prius, which required using every space except the…
After dropping off the plants at our apartment in Hollywood I swung over to Sunset Nursery down the street to pick up a…
Here's the experimental shade garden winner, Meadow Rue, passing the test of no sun and no watering on my part (luckily…
A brief moment of sun. For the partly sunny zone of the garden I will plant a group of larger bushy Currants, Ortega…
I'm looking forward to enjoying the garden when it stops raining in these perfectly scaled outdoor steel framed woven…
A peek at the newly planted garden. Freshly mulched cedar looks great under the cedar. Tonight it is pouring rain…
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