Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sweet Harmony - Lily's Garden in San Jose, California

 Lily is a darling customer who we never miss a chance to visit, even just for tea. We've been maintaining and upgrading her garden for the past five years, replacing older, overgrown plants with evergreen plants that are drought tolerant and native to the California environment. With nectar producers and ready pollinators, this garden is a true oasis for local wildlife and is especially beautiful in the Spring months of March and April when all the flowers bloom in unison - a calming symphony of colors.

Iris douglasiana 'Canyon Snow'
Island Alum Root (Heuchera maxima), Shasta Sulfur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum), Red Buckwheat (Eriogonum grande rubescens), Salvia 'Dara's Choice', California Fuchsia (Zauschneria/Epilobium)
Yellow flowering Shasta Sulfur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum polyanthum)

In February, Salvia sonomensis 'Dara's Choice' groundcovers are the first to bloom after a winter's rest.
Salvia sonomensis 'Dara's Choice' groundcover blooming in February.
Purple flowering Salvia greggii 'Mesa Azure' in the foreground with hot pink Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage) in the background.
White flowering Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth' grow alongside purple flowering Salvia greggii 'Mesa Azure'.
Tall flower spikes of Island Alum Root (Heuchera maxima) add height and subtle color.

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