GARDEN TOUR: Front Yard Permaculture Garden

hey everyone. i dont get to be in front of the camera too
often because i am watching my kiddo all day. with him running around it is very difficult
to produce videos in front of the camera. i am looking at the wall and i am actually
supposed to be sanding and painting them right now because he is not around. i thought i would sneak this video real quick. today, i will be taking you out to the front
yard. where i will show you some of the permaculture
practices. every year i am trying to learn something
new in terms of gardening. permaculture is one the newer things that
i am doing. it is very reflective of my personality. which is a lot of pragmatic based practices. so out there i am also growing (in addition
to landscape plants) more of the ornamental crops. i sneak them in there and you will see that. with permaculture its ascetics looks more
natural. it doesn’t look groomed and minimalistic. sometimes i am in conflict with that because
i also find that well groomed spaces and minimalist spaces are pretty as well. sometimes i am conflicted but i like to grow
many things. i guess my pragmatist wins out in the case
because there is a lot of dirt / space– lots of space that can be used to grow things that
are both pretty and edible. it is a little be unkempt out there. actually there is a lot of over-growth that
needs to be cut back (i need to do that). without further ado, let’s go check it out!
this might be a long video because there is a lot going on out there. i hope you watch it through to the end. i hope you enjoy it. let’s go! (sounds of birds and humming birds calling)
why, how nice. the humming birds just gave us a friendly
welcome as we walked through the front door. starting on the right side of the driveway,
are a couple of large planters; where a green globe artichoke is planted. it was grown from seed. i have had this plant for 3 years now. this is a kalanchoe succulent. it was installed by the landscaper. next to it are a couple of scarlet carrots. behind is a black bean that is climbing a
forest pansy redbud tree. later in the season the red bud tree will
drop its leaves, the bean will take over and provide us with some cover. these are some french heirloom shallots. zebrune is the variety. i grew these from seed and i like growing
shallots. this is a daylily. it’s got a very interesting bloom. daylilys typically and they last a day; this
one lasts a couple of days. that was a dwarf blue curled kale. this is
an apple mint. i got that from the farmer’s market; thinking
it is a cuban mint but it is not. this is a purple fountain grass. here in southern california it is one of the
more popular plants that are being installed because of their drought tolerant qualities. this is a russian sage. this was also installed
by the landscaper. behind are plants that i am plant sitting. it looks i will also be plant rehabitating. the pots probably need a dress of top soil. it looks kind of horrific right now. so hopefully i can, not only keep them alive
but also return them to the owners in a better condition. i think they are a couple of japanese maple
trees. that is an haricots verts filet bean. that
is a flax; it was part of the landscape when we moved here. this is a canna that my friend, elba, gifted. it is a really pretty tropical looking plant. before, this spot was overgrown with flax.
i have cleared it out; and maybe i’ll plant a banana here. this is the front yard after it was freshly
landscaped. this was in 2013, late summer. 2016, spring. early spring. late spring. with it now being summer, the elephant garlic
has turned brown. i left it to show you. i have a video of the harvest that i did last
year and you can check that out. this is a red express cabbage. i grew it for the first time. it has really cool purple veins and i am surprised
that it is here and not dried up. fires of fiji daylily. this is a white mulberry
tree. it was started from a cutting by my brother. he gave it to me and i’ve planted it out here. these are purple coneflowers or echinacea. it was installed by the landscaper. these are some siling labuyo pepper. i received the seeds while waiting for my
train to take me to work. i planted the seeds and that was three years
ago. next to it is a thai bird eye pepper. this
is a king richard leek. i am saving its seeds. i made a video of the harvest and cooking
it up. if you’re interested, please check that video
out. this is a tartan dahlia. it has one of the larger dinner plate sized
flowers. it didnt bloom last year so hopefully this
year it will. pardon me daylily. this is a really cool reblooming
small sized daylily. it will bloom from about april through june.
pictured is one that i grew from its seed and it blooms after two years. this is a rico asiastic lily. this is a casablanca
asiastic lily. i had a bunch of bulbs and i just planted
them all over the front yard. false heather; it was installed by the landscaper.
this is the other red bud tree. it is a pretty cool tree. it has nice purple flowers. in the spring it has really nice lavender
blossoms. down below, is this after glow echeveria. it was installed by the landscaper. this is
a fennel. fennels make great landscaping plants in my
opinion. they self sow. they can get a little invasive. but they are really nice community plants. it has spaces for a lot of insects. you will see a lot of lady bugs and different
types of insects. they attract pollinators. so if you need bees in your yard, they’ll
bring them to it. this is a utah tall celery that i had grown
and i used it in the kitchen. i regrew it from the base of the used celery. i was curious to see if it will grow and it
looks like it has. this is a california golden poppy. that is the last bloom for the year. some more elephant garlic. here are some common
thyme. i come out here and harvest thyme for use
in the kitchen. provence lavender; it is mostly ornamental. rosemary. it needs to be cut back. i grew this from a cutting that was able 10
inches in length. this is a star gazer lily and a pineapple
sage. rosemary is really easy to grow from a cutting. the one you just saw a photo of (in a bottle)
is a cutting from this rosemary. some spanish lavener. these were installed by the landscaper. they attract a lot of bees to your yard so
they are really cool plants to have. in here are some dusty miller and chrysanthemum. i am surprised that the mums are blooming. i need to cut back the dusty miller. here
are some french drop marigold. earlier in the year, this spot was occupied
by freesia. next to it is an oriental poppy. i grew this from seed four or five years ago
but it hasnt flowered. i dont think that it will but i will keep
it. these are chinese 5 color pepper. they are also marketed by other names. i use it as an ornamental plant. it changes color as it ripens. it is a pretty cool plant that you should
check out. this is a jasmine. it’s a mysore mulli jasmine. it is pretty much a jasmine with 3 flowers
stacked on top of each other. nearby are some star glazer lillies. below is a dill. next to it are some garlic
chives. so herbs are really good landscape plants. this is a thai eggplant; the chao praya variety. i did a video on harvesting this eggplant
and the one next to it. earlier in the year this area looked like
this. now it is all filled in. this one here is a thai lavender frog egg
eggplant. behind it is a togarashi (pepper). “togarashi” is japanese for chili pepper.
all the beans have really taken over and giving this area a tropical feel. this is a lemon verbena. behind it are hydrangeas. the new flowers are green now. earlier they were turning pink. i think hydrangeas are good litmus plants. they will indicate your soil acidity. with
the flowers being green we are probably closer to neutral pH. this is a vana tulsi or tree
basil. it is one of the holy basils. it is a perennial, drought tolerant, and holds
its seeds. this is a california lilac. it is a variegated plant. i like variegated plants so you may see a
lot them. this is a flax. below are some thai birdeye
chili. so once again, peppers make good ornamental
plants in my opinion. if you would like to have something that you
can use in the kitchen and also as a landscape plant, peppers make good landscaping plants. over here are some bushes that are overgrown. there are, i believe, are pink abelia. they attract the hummingbirds to the yard. they hummingbirds just love these things. they grow pretty quickly. as far as a permaculture plant, they are great
for harvesting green waste. this is a maiden of orleans jasmine. it was one that i requested that the landscaper
install. placed right next to the front door, the breeze
will carry the jasmine scent into the house. this is a cranberry hisbicus. it was installed by the landscaper and it
really wasnt very healthy and it finally died this past year. before doing so, it left us with some seed
pods. with the seeds that it left, we have a new plant; and it is pretty fast growing. i have learned that you’re not supposed to
crush open the seed pods between your fingers with these guys. the pods have harden spikes on them. it was a painful lesson and i have learned
to not crush open seed pods if they are unfamiliar. cranberry hibiscus and spinach– they are
spiky. you dont want to crush them open with your
fingers. moving along this way, underneath the umbrella
tree, is a peanut plant. peanuts fix nitrogen to the soil; so i have
peanuts planted around the front yard. this is a spiral plumeria. its flowers are shell-like spirals. i have taken a cutting from it. i was happy with the success of rooting a
cutting. the cutting came from this part of the tree. cut that off because i wanted to give it a
more uniform shape. i just chopped it over and stuck it in a pot
and it looks like it is growing. this kalanchoe came from the planter. i had it in a bucket and it was on its way
to the compost bin and it fell out. i am pretty sure that it did a toy story thing
where it jumped out. so i thought, “hmm, since it wants to be there,
i’ll plant it there.” it seems to be growing. this is a black magic elephant ear. dark colored plants especially when they are
such a deep and almost black are pretty cool. you’ll see that i try to grow as many of those
types of plants as possible. here is the jasmine that is right by the front
door. it shot out this vine and it has been growing
for the last 3 years now. i want to see how far it will go. so far it has wrapped around one corner. this is a succulent that i am not remembering
the name of. this is a dream queen hosta. it is being grown in this “shade garden.” next to it is a row of black dragon coleus. there are some house plants that are here. i havent gotten a chance to look up the names. these two along with one you will see in a
second were gifted to us by our wedding florist. they were in a potted arrangement. after the wedding i planted them here. they are super happy; i didnt think they will
last this long but they have. this is a fern that was gifted to me by my
friend, elba. ferns, if you are a math enthusiast, are great examples of fractals. this is a hydrangea that was gifted by my
sister-in-law. it is one of the varieties that probably do
not do well in our climate. i have been nursing it as best as i can. this is the rest of the front yard that still
to be worked on. we are going about it slowly. in this bare patch underneath the olive tree:
i installed a bunch of logs underneath. it is sort of a hugelbed. at some point, i
will plant on it. in meantime, there is a luffa nearby. over this way are some more dill. in front
of it is a baking potato plant. next to it is a french tarragon. they do not grow by seed so you’ll have to
get a live plant. this is another togarashi. it is a fushimi togarashi. it has peppers now. a couple of peppers. one on each plant. and moving along… a thai basil. it is already producing seeds. i can collect the seeds and plant more. i am behind on basil growing this year. this is a patch of garlic chive. in front
of it are a bunch of self-sown borage. it is a forest of borage. i didnt have the heart to clear it out even
though it is overgrown. well it is not overgrown but rather outgrown
the asiatic lilies. so the lilies have been drowned out and they
are a bit stunted. once again, i did not the hear to pull the
borage out because they are so pretty. these are lamb’s ear. i saw these in a really cool floral arrangement
and i thought that they make really good plants to have. i sought out the seeds and here they are. marajoram and a volunteer spanish lavender. that is a bearded iris with really dark almost
black flowers. i moved it out here this year. it is one of three varieties and i am not
sure which it is. i am hoping it will flower next year. next to it is a tree tulsi. so once again another one. this was one that i featured in the holy basil
video that i made so if you want to check that out. it is a perennial in california and it has
grown pretty thick and into a tree. it has grown in to the walkway and i have
to prune it soon. down this way is a bamboo. it is still in a pot. i am not planting it out in the front yard. i just have it here. this is a carnation. it has deep red flowers and almost black. i saw it in the same arrangement as the lamb’s
ear so i wanted to grow it as well and got the seeds. that was a variegated agapanthus and a volunteer
pomegranate. these are some onions that i threw the seeds. the carnation, i didnt know that they take
at least a couple of years to flower when planting from seed. in the front, near the
side walk, are a bunch of plants. this is where i squeeze more crop in. again that is a false heather. this is a love-in-a-mist. it is considered a wildflower. i got a wildflower seed mix and threw it out
here. now they are self sowing. that was a flower
and earlier you saw a seed pod. it looks very alien-like all the way around. pineapple sage, exploded. i usually have to cut it back. i’ll do that and let it grow back again. below is a clemson spineless okra. i tossed
out a bunch of seeds and i got a few plants. they are a little bit small right now but
they’ll take off soon. this is a blue oxford clary sage. it has a
really cool flower and stalk. one of my favorite flowers. this is a daylily. it is in bloom and this year is just a daylily
festival. there has been a lot of daylilies blooming. this is a tomatillo. i have one of two plants. they provide a large canopy of flowers that
attract all sorts of pollinators– mason bees and regular bees and all that. some peanuts. they are pretty cool plants. they will start off –their flowers that is–
above ground. once they are pollinated, they’ll send a runner
down. i’ll look for a flower for you. they have really nice yellow flowers. so once the peanut pollinates, it will send
its future peanut into the ground so it is nice to have loose soil for them or even to
hill it as it grows. but here in this permaculture setting, it
is pretty much a seed-and-walk-away setting. i am not trying to get peanuts but more trying
to help the soil by fixing nitrogen to it. that is a yarrow. be careful with yarrow. they’ll send runners underneath and they’ll
spread. be careful if you plant yarrow. they are also a nice herbal plant. i dont use it for any medicinal purposes but
some people do. that was a pansy. it is a volunteer. it was from one of the ones that were installed
by the landscaper. these are dahlia and dahlia blooming season
is over. early in the spring they have these really
pretty dark red flowers. this is a watchman hollyhock. it is one of two. it has really deep dark red blooms that are
almost black so hoping to see that. below are some more yarrow. these happen to
be white blossoms. there are yellow ones. here is where i plant some of my underground
plants. potatoes. so in a urban permaculture setting, potatoes
are good for front yard planting if you have neighbors that pilfer your crop. luckily i dont but it is nice to think that
they are good to grow. if someone wanted to pilfer them, it is a
lot of effort to do so. that makes them good for front yard especially
far away from your house. this is another clemson spineless okra. it
is important to remove the okra as they grow if you want okra as a crop because if you
leave them they will set seed and wont produce more okra. so pick them as they become ready. more daylily. so these ones have a lot of flower buds on
them. they are really happy this year. more yarrow. this is a larger cluster of flowers. they look very rustic. their blooms are very rustic. i’ll give you a wide shot here and do a walk
by and give you the experience my neighbors have. they will walk by and sometimes they will
stop and see what flowers spot or they’ll admire a plant or two. the really cool thing is — i think i am more
of an introvert– when i am out here, it is really nice because i get to talk to my neighbors
and sometimes with people from outside of the community about plants. it is nice connecting with my neighbors over
plants. sometimes we share seeds. they’ve asked me for seeds and i am happy
to give it to them. we share information about plants. like i learned from my neighbor that yarrow
and borage are plants that she used as herbal plants when she was a child. when she sees the yarrow, it takes her down
a special place in her memory. this front yard is my nexus to my community
and i really enjoy that. in the pot were some basil and a gerbera daisy.
here are some kapoor tulsi. they have a really nice bubblegum scent when
you ruffle them. earlier in the year, this spot was occupied
by chesnok red garlic. these are 4-o’clock. they are kind of invasive. i regret sowing them. they have been there for the last four years
now. i have been able to manage them. coming along this way are sage. i use them in the kitchen. they are really cool plants. i am going to make some smudge sticks with
them. i have been meaning to do that. i am trying to see if i can smoke out the
leaf miners that live in my citrus trees. so i am going to experiment with that and
if successful i will report it to you. so that is my front yard. thanks for coming out and visiting with me.
if you have any questions, please comment below and i guess i will catch you next time. thanks again for watching.


  1. Great tour. I really enjoyed it. I do agree fennel makes a great visual impact on a garden. They are also great as cut flowers. Is that the same After Glow echeveria at 8:04? It looks really nice. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amazing video and garden! Just found your channel! You definitely earned a new subscriber!:)

  3. can you turn on the cc for translation to other languages in subtitles (french, spanish, etc) Thank you!

  4. I just cut down my beautiful Forest Pansy to create my vegetable garden this year. The tree lost it's leader and was split in the main trunk so it was a matter of time before it needed to be cut down. We just desperately wanted veggies this year and the sacrifice had to be made. 🙁 I rarely see anyone with redbuds in their garden so it was especially nice seeing yours.

  5. You might want to get rid of these diseased eggplantsnd that pepper next to it. That could spread to other eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and other related plants.

  6. An interesting plant mix! And funny to see many of the plants we are growing in our permaculture garden in the Netherlands in a very different climate 🙂

  7. SO happy that you inserted pictures of the plants when in bloom, since they aren't at the time of this video. It is really informative and so helpful because of it!! Thank you. I'm here in Tampa, FL zone 9 and am always looking for gardeners in a similar zone since it is so different than the rest of the states- happy I found you!

  8. Man, I wish there was smell-o-vision for this video! Stargazer lilies and Maid of Orleans jasmine -which is one of my all time favorite flowers because of the awesome scent. I had a Hawaiian friend, and she said they get huge in Hawaii, and they are favorites for leis. Do sweet potatoes do well in S. California? Maybe they would work well as a ground cover for some of your bare spots. I'm in N. Florida, and I think our temps are similar, but our rainfall patterns are very different. I subscribed, and I'm looking forward to watching some of your other vids. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed seeing your work in progress!

  9. I see and hear two themes in your garden that need attention. The First is the word "Landscaper". Try becoming the landscaper yourself. Second is every time I see a yearly photo, I see open and uncovered soil. You can correct that with Perennial Peanut(Yes I saw some Peanut, but you never identified the type). It will fill in all those open gaps and fertilize everything there. It also requires less water, trimming, and produces an edible yellow flower.Your landscaper should never introduce an inferior plant, and should have addressed your soil coverage a long time ago. There are several types of Perennial Peanut( should be planted about 16 inches apart), some do well in shade, others full sun. Know what you are getting , don't just accept somebody else ideas as fact. I liked and enjoyed the video, but I invite you to watch your own video again and see if you agree. Thank you for sharing.

  10. My meighbor across the street has a white mulberry and it is just terrible! When the fruit comes ripe it falls down all aver the sidewalk and road and begins to rot and smell horrible. When the children are walking home from school the have to walk through that mess and the fruits are both not as large or as sweet as the purple varieties. Also birds eat it and spread volunteer trees all around the neighborhood! I have to dig out at least 3 new mullberry trees each year from my yard. I hope you are able to keep it pruned to a manageable size as they get quite large!

  11. To your health and your family health , nice ,  food and medicine at the same time . We are not to visit doctors or hospitals  if we do as you are doing ,  real medicine is in our  organic food. raw and cooked , all that the earth produce .

  12. I started to flip to next because of loud music decided to keep watching. Long videos ok when informative..tks. Love hummungbirds. They will be here in April. Love the flowers (so do the birds☺)

  13. Thank you so much for sharing you did a very nice job on your video you have a beautiful garden and I love that you’re sharing with others. God bless you

  14. I enjoyed your garden tour very much! Your garden is both attractive enough to be in the front yard and productive in providing edibles for your family. I love the way your garden brings your neighborhood together to bond and become friends while talking about plants.


    FENNEL AND DILL ARE A MUST FOR ANY SERIOUS GARDENER…WELL DONE…also..tuck sebeeal in places it can remain even when dead…the good bugd.lay eggs on them..

    You have some great plants for some flora arraingments

  16. Be careful with the plumeria. It will be a tree eventually. You have the bamboo in a planter, but if it doesn't have a saucer under it, the bamboo can be invasive, roots coming out thru the drainage holes.

  17. Great video. Please let us know what zone you are in. Also beware of mints they are notoriously invasive. Best to put them in containers.

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