View Heights Garden

The entire landscape was transformed at this property after two underground rainwater storage tanks totaling 3,547 gallons were installed as part of the L.A. Water Collaborative Pilot Program.  The collected water is used for irrigating the garden.

After the lawn was removed, a colorful palette of drought-tolerant shrubs and trees was planted in the front and back yards that attracts abundant wildlife and serves as an outdoor gallery for the artist homeowner to display her work.

A tiered rain garden with decorative boulders and lush plantings anchors the front yard, which collects and filters roof runoff as well as overflow from the cistern. Storm water collected from the driveway feeds an underground infiltration chamber under the garden.

The addition of an expansive deck at the back of the house connects the house to the garden and provides a much needed area for entertaining guests. 

 Photographs by Saxon Holt