The New Look for LA stays lush, leafy and vibrant year round. As the foliage chosen is authentic to the area or from one of the five LA-climate compatible regions of the country, the garden established quickly. These photos were taken during the winter of 2015-2016, less than one year after installation.
Upon closer inspection, there are other blooms, including Australian Wooly Grevelea.
Colorful Cassia fills the garden with yellow.
Silver foliage, like Spanish lavender and Chilean Rock Purslane add visual interest in the garden, even when there are few blooms.
This is the New Look for LA, one year after installation, the fifth year of the drought.
Hummingbird Sage blooms are starting to emerge from their leathery, fragrant leaves.
Golden Aristada plays off these silvers.
Harder materials can reinforce areas for aesthetic reasons or to strengthen areas expected to see higher foot traffic.
The permeability of the hardscapes, like this path, play a key role in taking advantage of every drop of water during drought.
Feathery Common Yarrow has grown from seed into a soft blanket.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this winter view of the garden!
Photos by Orly Olivier
Installation April 2015
See photos of the garden at the time of its installation in the Los Angeles Times, the La Canada Valley Sun, Pasadena Star News, MSN. See in-garden interviews with Descanso Gardens leaders and FormLA Landscaping designers on ABC and CBS.
See more photos on the New Look for LA Pinterest Board.