Going Native Garden Tour 2019

Native Front Landscape and Rain Garden (6 photos)

Garden #65, San Mateo


Showcase Features: The garden owners parents were master gardeners, so when she moved into her house on this small Cul-de-Sac, she immediately got to work. Now, the back garden features an elderberry - still growing - a stunning Mexican pitcher sage, some small fruit trees (guava, lemon), and other sun lovers such as St. Catherine's Lace buckwheat, yarrow, and penstemon. The more recently designed and installed front garden includes attractive stone work paths. On the left is a rain garden fed by the downspout. The lightly mounded and well mulched plantings include manzanita, verbena liliacea, California fuchsia, and island snapdragon, for color, a specimen Ray Hartman wild lilac, and a native oak.

Other Garden Attractions: The owner installed two 250 gallon water tanks in the back and uses that water for her garden into late summer. She's decided to keep the former lawn in the back but doesn't water it - in summer, it's brown but the kids like the play surface. In winter it's green.

Gardening for Wildlife: Hummingbirds come feed on the flowers (no feeder necessary!) and different butterflies come visit. Soon the coast live oak and wild lilac will offer shelter and nest areas for the birds - the kids will surely enjoy listening to the baby birds up in the tree!

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 1

Garden Size: 1,000 sq.ft

Designer: Annaloy Nickum
Installer: Homeowner

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