Transform Your Landscape
With all the varieties of trees and plants available from Moon Valley Nurseries and our knowledgeable landscape design experts, there are infinite ways to put together an entire yard design just for your home.
Our favorite designs are the ones that completely transform our customer's yards overnight. Keep reading to find out how you could renew your yard with only a few trees. No matter what type of design style you are looking for, our design experts can create your perfect yard.
Add a Tropical Background Around Your Pool
Benefits of Planting Palms by the Pool
If you have a pool in your yard, then you are already halfway to having the ultimate tropical landscape. Good job! To finish off the look and bring the tropical island vibes to your home, you want to add some palms around your pool or yard.
Our nursery professionals recommend two ways to add palms to your yard and pool. The first way we might design around your pool is to plant palms close together to create a dense backdrop focused on your pool.
Another favorite design concept is planting palms more spread out throughout the yard to cover the landscape with palms and bring the resort-feel throughout your property.
Three of our ideal palms to add to this type of design are our Piru Queen, Date, and Mediterranean Fan palm varieties.
Palm Variety Suggestions for California
Date palms are the ultimate pool palm! You can find Date palms at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools, Date palms provide excellent shade due to their full fronds and they have practically no litter, keeping your pool cleaner!
The Date palm looks excellent when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 and is hardy to cold and heat, and drought-tolerant.
The Mediterranean Fan palm is a great palm that grows in multiple trunks and is considered slow-growing compared to other palm varieties. These work great in areas where you do not need a ton of height and need something that will not outgrow its planting location. These palms are incredibly tolerant of numerous elements.
The Piru Queen palm is an exclusive tree from Moon Valley Nurseries. We specially designed our Piru Queen palms for our warm climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold.
These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see, and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. These palms are excellent when planted in groups to add shade and are fantastic in tight planting locations.
Create a Privacy Hedge Around Your Home
Benefits of Planting Hedges to Maximize Privacy
If you feel like you do not have the privacy you want in your home, hedges are one of the best design options that will solve your problem. They even add more benefits to your property as a greener yard, higher property value, and increased curb appeal.
Privacy is one of the most important things to us, and that we get to come home to a place that feels safe and away from the world. Not only does that apply to your home, but also your yard. Some of our favorite plant materials to use for privacy are our Carolina Cherry, Italian Cypress, and Indian Laurel Columns.
Hedge Material Suggestions for California
Indian Laurel Columns are our most popular choice for use as a formal landscape hedge. Also known as “The Hollywood Hedge”, these massive evergreens provide ample shade and perform great when planted along property lines for blocking the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.
The Indian Laurel Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches that can be pruned into almost any shape!
Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice for its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind.
The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on brown thornless stems. The foliage can handle regular trimming and be sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes.
Used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops, the Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow upright form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates with minimal water making them a popular choice for just about any landscape.
This hedge material brings immediate formal appeal to your home with a bit of aesthetic from the European countryside.
Start Your Personal Orchard in Your Yard
Benefits of Growing Your own Fruit
The benefits of growing your own fruit include being able to produce fruit that tastes better, knowing that your fruit is pesticide-free, and having multiple varieties of citrus and fruit right in your yard!
Besides the harvest that they bring you annually (sometimes more often!), our citrus and fruit trees grow large enough to create shade in your yard and cool down your yard to grow shrubs and groundcover near your fruit trees. Three varieties that we love to plant and do well in the different climates of California are apple, lemon, and avocado trees!
Citrus and Fruit Tree Suggestions for California
Apples are one of the most popular fruits and can be prepared in so many ways. They are easy to grow and thrive in full sun. If space is limited, we carry semi-dwarf varieties that can grow in smaller locations.
Be sure to ask about our low-chill apple trees and if they are best for your region.
Meyer lemons are a favorite due to their many culinary uses and their thin peel that makes squeezing the freshest lemon juice a breeze!
A pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade is coming right up to make the summer even better.
The Hass avocado is one of the most common and one of the tastiest avocado varieties that grow in California. This green fruit is packed with nutrients and makes the best guacamole!
The Hass variety grows large enough to also bring shade to your landscape!
Start Designing with the Moon Valley Nurseries Team
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More from Moon Valley Nurseries
Click here to learn about our FREE in-store landscape consultations. Our design consultations are easy as 1-2-3.
Click here to learn more about the Hollywood Hedge! Find out why neighborhoods in Southern California are filled with rows of evergreen Indian Laurel hedges and get started on your own privacy hedge today!
Click here to find out why Moon Valley Nurseries is the best nursery in San Diego. Learn more about our awesome palm location, Palm Paradise, and see which trees are perfect for San Diego and Southern California.