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The Tropics Meet Low Water Needs

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Published: Monday, September 30, 2013

We have had the great pleasure of working with Mike Nichols of Nichols Design Group (NDG) on a few of our recent projects, including this quaint bluff top vacation home overlooking Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

This project began with the arduous task of removing twenty year old ficus trees that had overgrown the courtyard and had left little room for enjoyment and little sunlight for anything else to grow.

The requirement for the new landscaping was to retain the large, old existing Kentia palms but to transition to a new, low-water use and bluff friendly plant palette that would also be colorful, interesting and low maintenance.

The new plantings Mike chose consisted of many varieties of shade tolerant Echeveria's, including our personal favorites (E. Cante, E. 'Afterglow', and E. imbricata) as a spectacular low growing ground cover. Mike included different varieties of shade loving Cordylines and aloes as vertical focal points. Stephanotis vines were trained to trellises to provide a subtle aroma and beautiful white flowers as well as a backdrop for the planter beds and to screen the new existing tall fence/wall which serves as a view screen.

New Netafim drip irrigation systems were installed to replace the previously existing sprinkler system, and a fertilizer injection system was installed to directly feed all plantings with an organic liquid fertilizer blend during irrigation. We also installed the Hunter ICC controller with Solar Sync to automatically adjust the irrigation system per existing current weather conditions.

Auroralight Solid Copper landscape light fixtures were installed for night ambience, to illuminate the stately Kentia palms and for comfortable warm light to show the way along walks and patio edges as well as to show off the understory planting. The planter beds were dressed with a blue beach cobble to complete the fantastic final product.

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Point Loma Bayside Landscape Renovation

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Published: Monday, February 11, 2013

We had the great fortune to work with Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects on this project, which involved replacing a twenty year-old tropical landscape.

This project proved to be very challenging, in part due to the root damage caused by previously existing timber bamboo and palms. Roots had grown under paving, into drains and pipes and throughout the planter areas, so all had to be carefully removed before replacement efforts could begin.

We worked very closely with the landscape architects to create a more native California theme, revolving around the selection and placement of some beautiful Sycamore trees which complemented the structure nicely and provided an instant view barrier along tight property lines and tall neighboring structures.

We added in planter walls to provide more planting area, replaced or modified all drains to improve patio and planter drainage and installed a state of the art drip irrigation system with an ET controller and a fertilizer injection system to properly feed the new plantings.

The understory plantings consisted of native ferns, grasses and shrubs and in full sun areas we planted a variety of succulents and low water shrubs, with various sizes of crushed rock mulch.

We also installed Corten metal planter boxes and planter edging, which added a nice touch to the existing modern look and feel of the structure.

To put the icing on the cake, we installed Auroralight Brass LED lighting fixtures, for path lighting, spot lighting on the trees and hanging lights in the Sycamore trees to show the structure of the trees and provide soft ambient light on the walkways below.

This is our latest favorite! Click Here to view all the photos from this project.

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Greetings and welcome!

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Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dear clients & friends of Columbine Landscape, Inc.,

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed website! We wanted to be better able to share our current projects and ideas with our great clients and friends. We'll be posting photos of some of our favorite projects and writing about our passion-great outdoor spaces! Over the years, we have focused our attention on creating and maintaining beautiful, sustainable landscapes, and we take pride in constantly searching for new and better plants, materials, and practices in our quest to create beautiful and inviting environments for people to admire and enjoy.

Please visit www.columbinelandscapeinc.com

And we encourage you to visit our page and 'like' us on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/ColumbineLandscapeInc

Thanks for sharing!

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Corten Steel Fountain

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Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This is the final version of a Corten steel fountain designed by Christiane of Christiane Holmquist Landscape Design. We addressed several issues in creating this, including plumbing with an underground reservoir and auto-fill, as well as finding a way to allow controlled rusting. This required some thought and experimentation, but we got it!

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Turf Alternatives

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Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We had a request from the owner of this property to remove most of the lawn and find a way to use less water. The bigger challenge was that this is mostly on the north side of the residence and is shady most of the day, especially in the winter. We've had good luck with Phormium 'Amazing Red', Dwart Papyrus, Grass Palms and ornamental grasses as ground cover, including Carex 'Evergold' and Sessleria 'Glauca' (Blue Moor Grass). Who needs lawn????????????

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