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

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.