Garden Tour 2013

Secluded Native Garden

There is more than meets the eye in this native garden! A secluded sitting area is tucked in the corner behind a low fence and is barely visible from the street, creating an outdoor room in an area of the yard that otherwise would have gone unused. The large Hackberry extends its branches across the entire landscape in a shady embrace. In the summer and fall, late afternoon sun penetrates the perimeter of the landscape making the seed heads of Deer Grass and Mexican Feather Grass glow a golden yellow. The majority of the plant material is native or drought tolerant. When adding to the garden, the homeowner shops the UC Davis native plant sale and local Cornflower Farms for native and water-wise plant selections. Spring color is provided by Carmel Creeper and Rosemary. Summer color is provided by Russian Sage and a variety of Sages. The entire garden is irrigated with a soaker hose that snakes through the garden. The homeowner programs the system to irrigate once a week during the summer. Using a soaker hose system can be an efficient method of irrigation, but care should be taken to examine the hose every year. Over time UV rays can degrade the hose material causing it to lose porosity and it will not ‘sweat’ as uniformly as when new. Additional paving has been added with permeable surfaces which allow rainwater to penetrate the soil below and reduce stormwater runoff. The walkway leading to the seating area is done with brick laid in sand to allow easy adjustments as tree roots enlarge; and the area adjacent to the driveway is done with pavers and decomposed granite. Both are great residential options for permeable paving

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