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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.

Al Fresco in Santa Cruz

Laili Restaurant patio

I’m always on the lookout for nice restaurants with outdoor dining areas. Laili in Santa Cruz is a new find. Laili is located in the historic downtown area of Santa Cruz. The menu is described a featuring Silk Road dishes. My husband and I enjoyed kabobs served with an arugula salad, rice and three chutneys. Continue Reading »

Succulents, Annuals and a Ladybug

Pot with succulents and annuals with a ladybug

A fan aloe serves as the central planting for this pot. It is surrounded by zinnias, marigolds and some volunteer alyssum. The succulents that are tucked between the annuals include small aeonium pinwheel rosettes, bright green lemon ball sedum and some transplanted echiveria that had overgrown another pot. The mixture has done well aside from the zinnias. Continue Reading »

Pink Nasturtium

Pink nasturtium

We see yellow and orange nasturtium in abundance in Northern California. That’s why I planted  a rose colored variety from seeds a couple years ago. They’ve been coming back ever since. Some retain a clear pink color while others are more red. Nasturtium don’t quite earn a spot in Aridgardening’s plant listings but their water needs Continue Reading »