Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baker Family Farmhouse - California Native Garden

When the Baker family moved into their new house they knew they wanted a California native garden that, with minimal water, could survive the drought that California has been facing for years.  Without hesitation, they removed the overgrown Boxwood hedges and a dried out lawn in their front yard.  In September 2013, plans were made to begin this owner-installed garden that is now just over a year and a half  young.  The only remnant of the old garden is a rusted windmill that stands as a sentinel, undisturbed.

Salvia sonomensis 'Bee's Bliss'
Rusted Windmill
 California Poppies in foreground, with 
Salvia sonomensis 'Bee's Bliss' in background (right)
Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum 'Shasta Sulfur' Buckwheat

Plantings on undulating berms provide the necessary 
drainage that California Native plants require, 
while space between plants allows for 
air flow and prevents diseases from occurring.
Yellow flowering Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum 
'Shasta Sulfur' Buckwheat in foreground, 
with purple flowering Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' in background (left)
Shadow of Windmill amongst California Poppies
Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'
BEFORE - Front Yard with Boxwood hedges and dried out lawn
BEFORE
AFTER

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