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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.

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 »

Garden Visit – Sunnylands

Sunnylands Gardens

We enjoyed a short trip to the Palm Springs area last week. We didn’t get as much January sunshine as we were hoping for but we still had a great time. While we were there, we visited the Sunnylands Gardens. The gardens weren’t open when we were last in Palm Springs so it was great Continue Reading »