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.

Visiting the North Carolina Arboretum

Bonsai garden at the North Carolina Arboretum

The botanic garden in Asheville gave us a wonderful way to spend a day. We particularly enjoyed their collection of bonsai and the extensive network of trails through dense hardwoods. In addition to providing areas for hiking and biking there are many places to relax in the shade. The gardens include areas that provide inspiration Continue Reading »

Blooming Desert Rose

Blooming adenium obesum

Our desert rose (adenium obesum) was blooming when we brought it home a couple of years ago as a houseplant. It is a succulent that comes from Africa. We fell in love with the bloom and the plant’s bulbous trunk. After giving up as a houseplant six months ago, my husband put the nearly dead Continue Reading »

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 »