Aoyagi native plant garden
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Aoyagi native plant garden

Aoyagi native plant garden

For 20 years, landscape designers Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi have proselytized the benefits of California native plants. Their personal garden in Tujunga is their most persuasive argument. 

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Aoyagi native plant garden

Yoshi Aoyagi, 8, moves from the vernal pool, right, to the meadow in his Tujunga backyard.

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The backyard before it was transformed. 

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Before redoing the yard, the couple watched how their son Yoshi and dog Dara used the space. 

 (Cassy Aoyagi)
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Dara in the mulch-filled yard before the privacy hedge was planted. 

 (Cassy Aoyagi)
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The backyard before. 

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Yoshi Aoyagi swings from a coast live oak.
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Aoyagi native plant garden

The boulders were configured to accomodate the couple’s 8-year-old. 

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Aoyagi native plant garden

Western Columbine (Aquilegia formosa).

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Aoyagi native plant garden

Lacy Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia). 

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Island Pitchers Sage (Lepechinia ragrans). 

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Aoyagi native plant garden

“The meadow is my dream,” says Cassy Aoyagi. “I’ve always loved the pastoral look.”

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Aoyagi native plant garden

California Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana). 

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Aoyagi native plant garden

Flannel Bush (Fremontadendron). 

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Aoyagi native plant garden

Catalina Cherry (Prunus lyonii). 

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Dara has a drink from the bird bath.

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Aoyagi native plant garden

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). 

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Aoyagi native plant garden

California Sagebrush aka Cowboy Perfume (Artemisia Californica). 

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Coastal Sagewort.

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Aoyagi native plant garden

Lewis Flax (Linum lewisii). 

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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua). 

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Aoyagi native plant garden
Family dog Dara rests on carex pansa, a lawn substitute that looks like traditional turf but requires much less water and maintenance.
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California Lilac. 

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