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.

Filoli Reflection

Reflecting pool at Filoli in Woodside, California

Filoli is always beautiful but there is nothing like visiting the gardens on a cool day with bright blue sunshine. I’ve already been to Filoli several times this spring. It amazes me how different the gardens look from week to week this time of year. This week the wisteria is peaking. I’m also surprised to continue Continue Reading »

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 »