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'|
| 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|