Sunday, January 3, 2010

Burst of Color

 Design for a California Garden

Dry doesn't have to mean drab. This sunny front yard in coastal California features perennials & shrubs, such as Kangaroo Paws & Orchid Rockrose, that were chosen for their exotic flower colors & shapes, as well as their drought-tolerant habits. Groundcovers keep weeds at bay & contribute more color. A simple gravel path curving from the front walk to the side yard is easy to maintain. Even viewed from inside the house, the show is eye-catching. --text from Low-Maintenance Gardening.

Plant List
A. Anigozanthos flavidus (1) Kangaroo Paw
B. Callistemon citrinus (2) Lemon Bottlebrush
C. Cistus purpureus (4) Orchid Rockrose
D. Acca sellowiana (1) Pineapple Guava
E. Festuca ovina 'Glauca' (5) Blue Fescue
F. Gazania 'Sunrise Yellow' (10) Gazania
G. Kniphofia uvaria (3) Torch Lily
I. Limonium perezii (3) Sea Lavender
J. Salvia leucantha (1) Mexican Sage
K. Thymus pseudolanuginosus (9) Woolly Thyme

I designed this garden which appeared in the 1998 Sunset publication, Low-Maintenance Gardening. It is appropriate for USDA Zone 9.

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