Going Native Garden Tour 2018

Linda Vista Natives (18 photos)

Garden #53, San Jose

 

Showcase Features: Raised brick planters form an elevated plateau well suited for southern California natives. Gentle undulating soil mounds, attractive boulders, and accent branches surround footpaths of wood and gravel. Specialty plants include bush poppy, unusual varieties of manzanita and buckwheat, firecracker penstemon, desert penstemon, Salvia pachyphylla, Salvia dorii, angelita daisy, and desert willow. The shaded portion of this planting supports mock orange, Shasta snow wreath, and spice bush. The parking strip contains some unique natives as well including San Diego viguiera, 'Louis Hamilton' apricot mallow, pink fairy duster, local gumweed, and apache plume. The parking strip bed was amended and mounded to enhance drainage to accommodate desert and chaparral species. A partially shaded area near the house is an ideal location for a hummingbird sage with a strikingly unusual color, pink flowered currant, Trillium chloropetalum, deer grass, and California fescue. The garden is hand watered by the owner as needed.

Other Garden Attractions: Native California succulents are creatively displayed growing in branch and rock crevices. A basin is incorporated to capture roof run-off, so the yard has nearly no run off in the winter. The owner also has a plant nursery onsite for specialty California natives.

Gardening for Wildlife: Plants of various heights with seeds attract purple finch, house finch, black phoebe, California towee, beewick's wren, and golden finch. Other wildlife seen include pacific tree frog, western toad, pocket gopher, European honey bee, and local pollinators.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 4

Garden Size: 725 sq.ft

Designer: Homeowner
Installer: Homeowner

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