Captivating water-efficient landscapes

This site features plants that do well in Mediterranean climates, naturally tolerating dry summers and winter rains.

Low Water Options

Succulents and cacti are great water-wise choices. Espaliered fruit trees work well in space constrained gardens. Winter rains provide most of the water needed for colorful spring bulbs.

Cherry Blossoms at Filoli

Filoli Spring Cherry Blossoms

Every visit to Filoli offers an opportunity for a fresh discovery. Early in March, fruit trees are in bloom, the daffodils are out in the meadow and tulips are opening. Spring comes early in Northern California. This year, we’ve appreciated recent rains and enjoyed the lush green that has come with it.   Happy pre-spring! Continue Reading »

CorTen Planters

CorTen used in succulent garden

In the image above, the greenery of the succulent garden at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens is made more vivid by the juxtaposition with red lava mulch and dramatic CorTen garden walls. The modern architectural element provided by the use of CorTen planters both unifies and separates plant groupings. Artists effectively use complimentary colors (colors Continue Reading »

Rivera Cactus

Cacti at Eze Jardin Exotique

The Eze Jardin Exotique is one of the most beautiful spots anywhere. My husband and I just returned from an extended vacation on the French Rivera. A short-term apartment rental in Nice served as our home base. The exotic garden at Eze le Village is a short distance (proximate to Monaco). Eze le Village is a Continue Reading »