There’s no doubt about it! California’s recent four year drought has shifted our thinking when it comes to gardening, and landscaping in general. A good example, take a look at San Francisco’s landscape sidewalk program.
Q: What do you do when you don’t have “in-the-ground” garden space but want to include large scale tree succulents or large scale succulents? A: Containers! A large, suitably sized container won’t offend a large succulent, even if it does constrict its root growth a bit; it’s not a problem.
There are way too many front lawns in arid climates! A recent road trip to Los Angeles and surrounding areas (quintessential arid); and, an earlier spring trip to San Diego really brought that point home to me.
It had been so long since my last visit to the Huntington Botanical Gardens that I could barely remember it! Gone are the old lawns to the new entrance; apparently there have been a lot of renovations in the last two years (new gardens, new buildings) and something like fifty per cent of the lawn acreage
Ever heard of a G ART EN? Me neither; I just made it up. But, if there was ever a modern garden that blended art & plants to create one, I found it in Beverly Hills, and it blew me away!
If you’re thinking about cool plants to pair with your succulents, always remember to match what conditions they love and need, with plants liking and needing similar conditions, (eg: sun, excellent drainage, low water…) Watch this 1 minute video…
Breaking down some of the best succulent plant choices to use in your garden or in a container, Agaves make the list.
In fact, they are so fantastic, adding drama or sculptural interest that they jump to the must have part of the list. As mentioned in an earlier blog post why you should include Agaves in your garden, here are four important points to know about Agave plants…
Most people I talk to get excited when they learn that a plant that they love will do well in their garden and climate. Usually this is a plant with amazing flowers. Amazing fragrance. Something that they can eat. There is not as much of a thrill initially for a plant who’s visual appeal is bold texture, architectural.
How to conserve water in my garden? is a question we’ve been hearing a lot lately in the Bay Area, and for good reason. We are in year four of a severe drought on the west coast.
I love using ornamental grasses and those that are drought tolerant are GOLD and can be extremely garden worthy.