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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.

Garden Visit – Gamble Garden

Gazebo and garden cart at the Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto

The Gamble Gardens are beautiful in every season. In early spring volunteers are busy pruning and shaping up the gardens in preparation for vibrant beds of flowers, vegetables and plants typical of arid gardens worldwide. For those of us who live in the busy Silicon Valley, The Gamble Gardens provide a tranquil respite from the local Continue Reading »

Gardens in Green – Filoli

Reflecting pool at Filoli

Sure, there were some blooming plants to enjoy at Filoli yesterday. The Japanese Magnolias are going full blast. The daffodils are just coming out. Still, the dominant color at Filoli green … every shade of green. With the recent rain, everything looked freshly scrubbed. The sky was bright blue. The yews and boxwoods have all had their Continue Reading »

Green Hills

Windy Hill Ridge Trail

Last weekend’s rain doesn’t come close to moving us out of our four year drought. We badly need more rain. Still, it has turned the hills a lush spring green and the wildflowers are coming out. One of the spots we like to hike is at the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. The large grassy hillside Continue Reading »