Hello! This is where we will share photos of some of our landscape design projects located throughout California.

Deeter Buckner Design LLC and The Plant Man are based in San Diego, CA. We can be reached by phone (text or v.m.) at: Michael Cell: 619-980-5483, or Jenise Cell: 858-353-6369 (text or v.mail).

Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. Working as 'The Plant Man', and dba 'Deeter Buckner Design LLC', his design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines.

Michael's also a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare & exotic plant material, a sought after speaker, an avid student of natural history, and a bibliophile.

Jenise Deeter-Buckner holds degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Fine Art (A.S. Landscape Architecture & MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing/mixed-media and black & white photography courses at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree. She has over 10 years of nursery experience and has been working with Michael for over 5 years.

As a design team, they collaborate on all phases of the creative processes, which eventually translate into the formal blueprint of the design, or Concept Plan, drawn by Jenise.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive - to find ways to bring 'Nature' into the design. And in doing so, embrace those qualities inherent to Southern California, its native rocks, its changing elevations, its micro climates - the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments - while making creative use in the landscape design, of the varieties of native plant material and unique cacti and succulents that thrive here.

Our team's design work promotes unique, expressive, drought tolerant, sustainable landscapes which enhance our client’s outdoor living spaces and reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes - from the beginning consultation on site with the client, to the space’s final installation.

Sunday, June 19


This unique succulent garden is located in the eastern part of the county, in a location that can experience some extreme temps - hot in the summer and light frost in the winter.  This garden has NO existing irrigation!

No irrigation required for this uniquely beautiful, sustainable cactus and succulent landscape design in east county. 

  1. The plants are becoming established and the full sun is bringing out the reds and oranges in their leaves.  
  2. The plants receive little water from the owners, which adds to the colors that you see here...living sculptures!  
  3. Note:  low growing plant material that I describe as 'framing plants' can be added, a choice that would 'fill in' the open space between the plants, and give definition to the overall composition.
  4. I believe as more people become familiar with this type of design, they will choose it in place of their turf grass, and save as much as 75% on their water  bills.
  5. It requires 50- 75% less water, less pruning - tons less maintenance and it's a beautiful, sustainable choice to make.  
This stunning  Kalancho 'Flapjack' speaks for itself!
These plants were just waiting for us to 'plant them' together? bold...richly colored, unique, amazing & complimentary.
Inspiring, sustainable, original design - the contemporary, water-wise 'thirsty garden'.  

1 comment:

Crystal said...

Your blog is such an inspiration! Thank you! I was wondering if you know the location of this no irrigation landscape. I live in Las Vegas with similar climate, extreme heat, frost in winter. Wondering if something like this would work here. Thanks again!