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.

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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