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, February 17

Recent Water-Wise Residential Landscape Design

I'm particularly excited about this recently completed residential design which includes a full spectrum of plant material - from cacti, succulent, and Mediterranean to semi-tropical plant material. The landscape in the front garden area is designed as a colorful, show-stopping water-wise succulent garden. The back garden areas stretch out on three different levels from east to west. The upper level wooden deck gives access to the 2nd level concrete patio with serpentine seat walls surrounded by various planting areas, and plenty of open space for some beautiful designed container gardens. The third level is a marvelous flagstone patio garden which literally reaches out into one of our city's gorgeous canyons, populated as they are with a collection of both native and volunteer plantings. Naturally all the backyard garden areas have amazing views! The gracefully articulated levels of outdoor living space invite both, the idea of a garden party, or a more intimate moment of individual communion with Nature.  All that's required to fully set the stage are some well-chosen, incredible plant material - and the design will make that happen.  This has been a fabulous project to be a part of!

Friday, February 8

Magnificent, Mature Succulent Gardens - Michael Buckner - San Diego

I collected the following photos during a local garden tour which included some fabulous mature succulent and mixed- plant gardens designed and maintained by someone whose well-known for his succulent gardens, and someone I'm fortunate to collaborate with on my own original landscape designs, his name is Michael Buckner. These then are 'Michael's Gardens' and they represent the 'WOW' factor in the differences between the successful mature gardens vs. the newly installed succulent garden.  The newly installed, successful succulent garden naturally needs some time, a few years time, to mature in order to truly showcase its ultimate potential.  These photos are of magnificent gardens. We all want to be surrounded by such gardens!  Note: the photos reveal a seasonal color thing: this time of the year you will see a lot of golds and oranges in the succulent gardens!

The first group of photos represent images of a stunningly beautiful garden located in the hills above Old Town. Enjoy!

This 2nd group of photos showcase an incomparable, colorful succulent garden located in the Pt. Loma area.  When you stand before it - located so close to the ocean - you are reminded of the beauty, color and texture of a coral reef.  The garden's proximity to the ocean also allows for successfully pairing succulents with certain varieties of bromeliads...the result is a unique visual treat! Scroll down to find the photo highlighting one of the planting areas w/both succulent and bromeliads.  

 Succulents and bromeliads growing in the full sun in this over the top beautiful Pt. Loma garden.

Thursday, February 7

One of My Gardens: After the Rain - Colorful New Photos - Water-Wise Succulent Garden

This recent water-wise garden, is looking incredible right now, just one week after the final install of top dressing, d.g., ledger stone and flagstone.  

While this garden is dynamic and original - remember it's not a mature succulent garden.  A succulent garden can take a good 3 years to really find its own.  Everything will be bigger and bolder.  

It's always amazing to see how much beauty, color and texture can be infused into a garden in only a few weeks time.  However, by next year this garden will be incredible!  The trees will have matured - the Palos Verde 'Desert Museums' will be in bloom - and the Euphorbia continifolia (Caribbean Copper Tree) on the corners and front side of the house will be established and be displaying its bright copper/purple leaves, the various aloes will be in bloom, the cacti will bloom, as will the echeverias and other succulents. 

You have to love the way the ledge stone, river rock, d.g. and flagstone frame the planting areas and pathways.  When done correctly, a 'sense of history, of time' is installed with these materials and sets the stage for the plant material.

 Yes, to the Pedilanthus (Slipper Plant) in this particular spot in the garden!!

Friday, February 1

My Recent Design: 'Before' and 'After' Water-Wise Garden in San Diego


Here's a collection of some early 'before' and 'after' images of a water-wise garden installation on Madison & Hamilton in San Diego (Adams Ave area).  


An 'after' photo...just installed..to be added is a Palo Verde 'Desert Museum' tree - center soil mound.  The split rail fence is in (needs a stain/color), majority of plant material installed...rock material not yet complete...gravel mulch, d.g., ledger, flagstone in flux.

'Before' front door garden area..

'After' photo...front door garden area....gravel mulch and some additional d.g. installation required here.

'Before'..front door garden area.

'After' photo of the front walk garden area...additional rock material installation to come.

 'After' of the newly installed flagstone and ledge stone pathway...a work in progress.