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.

Our design/build team consists of Michael Buckner, aka The Plant Man, Jenise (Deeter) Buckner, and Conrad Scouton, our hardscape specialist, general contractor and builder (of whatever you need, newly built or remodeled). License #946212.

Design Phases: Consultation, Site Plan, Concept Plan, Installation and Build.

Our design work enhances the outdoor living space by promoting unique, expressive, drought tolerant and sustainable landscapes. The landscape designs reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive. Our objective is to bring 'Nature' into the design, to include the natural qualities inherent to Southern California and it’s ‘micro climates’- its native rocks, its changing elevations, the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments.

· Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. His design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines and newspapers.

· Michael is a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare and exotic plant materials, 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 (MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing and black & white photography at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree.

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!!








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