These homeowners were looking for a way to cut back on their water bill and at the same time wanted a garden that would demand less maintenance. So I suggested that we do a climate appropriate garden that would save them money, benefit the local pollinators and provide seasonal color throughout the year. The lawn was ripped out and a new irrigation system was installed. Yes, even climate appropriate plants will need supplemental watering during peroids of drought. The design element called for pink rock rose, salvia leucantha, a non-fruiting olive tree, rosemary, blue fescue, pink pensetmon and a maleluca tree. I allowed for a small DG pathway from the drive to the front door so the client would not have to walk out to the sidewalk to enter the house. As a ground cover, a fine textured mulch was spread out to add a finishing touch and suppress weeds and keep the soil moisture from evaporating. These 3 pictures clearly show the beginning phase, the completion of the project and six months later after the plants benefited from the Southern California winter rains. If you have any questions about climate appropriate gardens don’t hesitate to drop me a line. Thats all we have time for today, I’m your host Mike Brown and I’ll be seeing you around the garden.
Photo credit: Mike Brown