Garden Tour 2012

California Dream

Here the home’s architecture and beautiful river friendly landscape combine to create a California dream! Staggered concrete steps gradually move you through the landscape to the brick entry covered by a framework of custom fabricated iron. The garden of moss rock, gentle mounds, California natives and other Mediterranean plants and dry stream bed give you reason to stop and admire.

The planting design allows ample space for all species. There is no need to prune, shear or shape these plants. The right plant has been planted in the right place to prevent the need for constant ‘control’. Seasonal dead-heading and clean-up of annual foliage is all that is needed.

Varieties of ornamental grass are interspersed throughout and soften the landscape with their fine texture and golden hues. Wildflowers from seed are in bloom near the sidewalk. A variety of blues are provided by Rosemary, Lavender, Lavandin, Iris, Mountain Lilac, Rosemary and Dwarf Lily of the Nile. In the spring, clumps of Iris, Daffodils and Freesia provide color here and there.

The homeowner’s love of plants is evident and the combinations are reminiscent of Sunset Magazine. All in all, the result is an eco-friendly and water-wise California dream.

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