In 2012 I laid out a sun-ray vegetable garden design which has become a very popular post (see photo right). This past season I worked to create a flower design whereby the front lawn vegetable garden, if photographed from the sky, would look like a giant flower. Before I planted I amended the soil by adding a layer of compost and a few natural ingredients. Within the drawn design (above) you can see that I have designated a tropical area and a cocktail patio closer to the house.
Shawna Coronado is an on-camera spokesperson, newspaper columnist, keynote speaker, blogger, and the author of the critically acclaimed book, Gardening Nude, which is a guide for living a green lifestyle.
Shawna educates the online community on green-living tips, sustainable gardening, inexpensive cooking, home vegetable production, and techniques for every day homeowners to save money by being green and feeding the hungry during a down-economy – all this right from her very own home and ornamental front lawn vegetable garden in Warrenville, Illinois.
Shawna appears regularly on television and has been featured on many stations including ABC, NBC, WGN, and PBS TV. My neighbors and I have discussed planting veggies in our front yards as a sort of communal gardening project.
I don’t do a lot of seed saving as many of the perennials in my garden are not all active seed producers. Sharon – thanks for reaching out — so appreciate it and am glad you enjoyed the speech!!! Shawna is a wellness lifestyle advocate, professional author, blogger, photographer, and media host who campaigns for social good. Alexander’s Landscaping  has over 10 years of professional experience creating and transforming landscapes and gardens.
We service the Foothills of Los Angeles: Shadow Hills, Sunland, Tujunga, La Crescenta and La Canada. They are beautiful and require very little watering or other maintenance. These types of landscapes are modern and very popular, especially in areas such as Los Angeles, as they provide a lush and aesthetic atmosphere year round, while markedly reducing the use and cost of water and providing very easy maintenance.
After enjoying our new garden for the past 10 days, we wanted to acknowledge the beauty and peacefulness that you added to our front yard. We had a house fire which forced us to leave our house for six months, and when we returned our front, back, and side yards were all dead.


Alexander, Iris, and Hans were wonderful to work with–professional and affordable, very great value for quality work! Not only was the price reasonable, but Alex is a capable and knowledgeable professional who is a pleasure to have around.  He kept the area neat and clean throughout, and thoroughly instructed us in how to care for our new plants once it was all finished.
It’s been so successful that I have decided to try different designs in this test garden every year.
Follow this link to see how I make my garden fairly drought tolerant by soil preparation techniques.
The cocktail patio design can be seen at this link and I will detail more about the tropical plant garden in the near future.
I have mixed vegetable plants in with my flowers and have not thought about how laying them out a little differently I could end up with some thing as beautiful as this is. I read it, and watched your ted talk and I gotta say, I am so pumped to read about someone who is on the same page as me but has accomplished things I’ve only dreamed about so far! I’m glad to see more people out there working towards helping themselves and their communities. Because of the ornamental value of the vegetables, I don’t often let them go to seed.
She has a "make a difference" focus on green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and healthy food recipes built to inspire.
We do everything from initial consultation, planning and design to the actual installation of patios, decks, pergolas, stone walls, laying of paving stone for walkways and driveways, creating relaxing ponds, organic vegetable gardens, lush plant displays, beautiful flower beds and hidden private getaways. After finding a flyer for Alexander’s Landscaping on our porch and checking out their website we gave them a call. They really listened to what we wanted, stayed within our budget, and did a fantastic job in a very timely manner. Rather than the weedy hodge podge of water greedy plants we had before, we now have drought tolerant grasses and flowering plants, plus a beautiful, natural looking walkway through it so we can easily reach the back yard.
I’d like to encourage every day gardeners who want to have front lawn ornamental edible gardens to try crop rotation, soil maintenance, and variety within their gardens in order to continue with their stronger level of organic vegetable production.
This season I enhanced the soil with Pure Elements Renew & Transform and Actino-Iron organic amendments along with Organic Mechanics Soil, fresh compost, rotted manure, and other organic soil additives I normally use and the garden performed well.


We had more rain this season than we had in the last three season’s combined, so the front lawn vegetable garden grew out of proportion to how it has grown in past seasons (see top photo). I plant the garden in mid- to late-May and it does well until late September or early October when the first frosts hit. I’ve been writing my own little blog and hope it convinces people to grow something, anything, however they can.
By using this site or any media associated with Shawna Coronado, you agree to the "Terms of Service". I saw some very nice work and more importantly some inspirational creative ideas that fit my needs. Rotating crops and varying positioning of the vegetables on an annual basis helps the soil stay happy.
The Redbor Kale became much taller than I had planned, as did the Bright Lights Swiss Chard. We had only a general idea what we wanted but Alex and Iris brought a photo album of plants as well as samples that we could touch and smell. This caused the flower design to be a tad lopsided in height, however, because the taller growth was towards the back of the garden it all looked okay.
I spoke with Iris and we set up a meeting which went so well, I hired them to do a sizable project. I call the front lawn vegetable garden flower design a success and cannot wait to get in the garden this spring to plant my next vegetable garden design. This included a custom stone staircase which leads to a 50 FT stretch of block stone steps up to the top of my property where they would build a custom deck with pergola top. This began on time as promised and unbelievably only took 2 weeks to accomplish, even with the add on work I desired as the project took shape. An additional staircase up the side of my drive and some amazing plantings that are local to the area and are drought resistant finished off the job.



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