Northridge turf makeover
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Northridge turf makeover

The naturalistic meadow that fills the large yard of DiAnna and Philip Moore’s 1950s California ranch home in Northridge. What was once a lawn now features impressive drought-tolerant masses of natives framed by decomposed granite and brick trails. Highlights include coast buckwheat, madrone and Canyon Gray sagebrush. The garden will be open to the public April 15 as part of the Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Tour. 

 (Katie Falkenberg )

The yard before the lawn was removed. 

 (Form LA Landscaping)

The yarrow, in bloom, in March 2017. The yarrow starts blooming mid-April and typically continues through May-July. The yarrow can be cut and mowed like traditional grass. 

 (Lesly Hall Photography )

A lavender bush.

 (Katie Falkenberg)

Flowering sage.

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens Red buckwheat.

 (Katie Falkenberg)

Corethrogyne filaginifolia, or Silver Carpet.

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Yarrow that has been cut back will soon bloom with white flowers.

 

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Heuchera ‘Canyon Bells.’

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Hummingbird sage.

 (Katie Falkenberg)

A flowering madrone.

 (Katie Falkenberg )

A butterfly rests on sage.

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Philip and DiAnna Moore in their front yard in Northridge. Their garden will be open to the public on April 15 as part of the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. 

 (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

The lawn was designed by Eric Crow of FormLA Landscaping Inc.

 (Katie Falkenberg)

Red callistemon, or bottle brush - which is native to Australia.

 (Katie Falkenberg)

The naturalistic meadow features drought-tolerant masses of natives that are framed by decomposed granite and brick trails. Highlights include coast buckwheat, madrone and Canyon Gray sagebrush. The garden will be open to the public April 15 as part of the Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Tour. 

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Well-established trees were left in place, including an orange tree.

 (Katie Falkenberg )

Heuchera ‘Canyon Pink,’ coral bells

 (Katie Falkenberg )
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