Going Native Garden Tour 2019

Giardino Accogliente (4 photos)

Garden #43, Sunnyvale


Showcase Features: In place of a former lawn now grows an artful composition of California native foliage in greys and greens. This landscape was envisioned and implemented entirely by the homeowner, who had attended previous Going Native Garden Tours and was inspired to create a garden that could be on the tour. Before picking up a shovel, the owner considered the design of the garden for months, and the results show in the refined design and plant selection. The lawn was sheet mulched in summer 2017 and planted in the early spring of 2018. Accenting the garden are raised planters created with stacked stone to define different levels. The front of the garden features green groundcovers Ceanothus 'Yankee Point' and Baccharis 'Pigeon Point'. A grey hedgerow of Salvia apiana borders the neighbor, and balancing this on the other side of the garden are grey Salvia clevlandia along with Salvia 'Pt Sal' in front of the deep purple front door. The plant colors and house colors harmonize well and create a cohesive feeling to the design. The central portion of the garden features buckwheat species Eriogonum arborescesns and Eriogonum 'Warriner Lytle' in the raised planters.

Other Garden Attractions: Of particular note is that this garden is entirely hand-watered by the homeowner, saving costs (and plastic) of an irrigation system and allowing for individual care of each plant. Initial watering was about once per week, and in fall of 2018 it was about once every two to three weeks.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 1

Garden Size: 945 sq ft

Designer: Homeowner
Installer: Homeowner

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