Here’s an excellent little garden I spotted while taking the long way round to find parking in Los Angeles.  Of course the ginormous Agaves caused me to pause, but once I did the rustic split rail fence had me taking a closer look.

I love how the small space manages to look both urban, polished and yet a little old west.RULA100

Agave americana ‘Mediopicta Aurea’ I believe? And who could ignore the virtual sea of Senecio mandraliscae? Not I…
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As you may have noticed it flows over the sidewalk and into the hellstrip as well. Intentional, or Mother Nature having her way with the garden?
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I wish I could give you an ID on the tall tree above, it certainly adds a sense of place.  As does that bad-hair-day shrub just down a bit…
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Russelia equisetiformis I believe?
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Oh how I wish I could grow this plant.
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Here you have a slight glimpse of the average fencing in the neighborhood (next-door). Which is why the rustic split rail stood out as something different. And let’s not ignore that car-sized Agave…
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Agave americana?
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This angle really tests my assumptions (in a good way) of what a garden just blocks from Melrose Ave, in L.A., might look like. I wish I could have talked to the homeowners.
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Another surprise, a Hellebore! H. argutifolius ‘Silver Lace’ perhaps?
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Up against the house a planting of Kalanchoe beharensis, watched over by a mysterious creature.
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And a final glance back…
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I love discovering cool gardens…