Going Native Garden Tour 2019

Cedar Lane Garden Sanctuary (11 photos)

Garden #6, San Jose


Showcase Features: Designed by two landscape professionals, this garden features an older and smaller front yard, and a more recently installed, and much more spacious backyard, with a large variety of native plantings, sustainable landscaping practices, and a safe haven for wild critters. As a rain garden, rainwater is directed from the roof to the dry creek bed in the back, and to a small percolation area in the front. All paths are permeable for rainwater percolation. Concrete from the previous pool patio was reused on site as urbanite walls and for percolation under the dry creek bed. All soil from construction was reused onsite. A rain sensor was added to the irrigation controls. This garden received SF Bay Area CLA Excelsior Award for Xeriscape Installation and First Place for Xeriscape Installation 2013.

Other Garden Attractions: A meandering gray fines path parts the front garden into two sides with a focal point that includes Yankee Point Ceanothus, CA fuchsia and a meadow of annual wildflowers decorated by rocks. In the back garden, a patio and shade arbor overlook the spacious backyard with many garden rooms, accessible by a meandering gray fines path. A large pool was filled in and covered with a mound that is edged and supported by a well-crafted urbanite wall. A bubbling urn fountain and island bush poppy at the center of this bed create a year round focal point. Moving from the patio fountain area towards the back the design transitions to a park-like sensibility. A western redbud graces the space between a rustic shed and a succulent rock garden. A dry creek bed runs through the center of the garden, dressed with a purple needlegrass meadow including milkweed, blue eyed grass and a large California buckwheat. A quaint gray fines seating area that is edged by an elegant Dr. Hurd manzanita, and coffeeberry overlooks the creek and meadow. A row of mountain mahogany offers privacy screening along the south fence, while Ray Hartman Ceanothus along the back fence offers privacy and distracts from a metal maintenance building. A second,large bubbling rock fountain graces the northwest garden room and is surrounded by spreading rush,chalk buckwheat, naked buckwheat, milkweed and a large California buckwheat. A large chaparral currant stretches at the shady side of the house. Several swaths of Foothill Penstemon can be seen throughout the backyard.

Gardening for Wildlife: This is a wildlife habitat garden. Food, water, shelter and nesting places are all provided, and the garden invites a large variety of birds, insects, lizards and small mammals. Urbanite walls provide habitat for insects, butterfly eggs, lizards and other small creatures.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 13

Garden Size: 6161 sq.ft

Designer: Agi Kehoe Landscaping and homeowners (front), Debbie Ballentine (back)
Installer: Benz's Landscaping & Tree Care (front) Curtis Horticulture (back)

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