Going Native Garden Tour 2010

Matt & Val's Native Garden (5 photos)

Garden #36, Santa Clara


Showcase Features: This professionally designed garden is restoration inspired and features plants mostly from the oak woodland plant community that once used to exist in this area. Special attention was paid to include many local plants.

Other Garden Attractions: In the front yard, Idaho and California fescue grassland with annual and perennial wildflowers are mingling under a coast live oak, a valley oak, a blue elderberry and a California buckeye. For added color and texture, the garden is edged with a combination of bee's bliss sage, dwarf coyote brush and California fuchsia. Additional accents are provided by carpenteria, pink-flowering currant, snowberry, coast silk tassel, toyon and a Dr. Hurd manzanita. An ornamental, meandering dry creek helps to drain some of the storm water runoff. The existing front pathway and the driveway have been resurfaced, and a Chinese pistach and a Japanese maple were retained from the previous landscaping.

In the back yard, the concrete paths and part of the existing patio were broken up and recycled into a permeable hardscaping that extends to the side of the house. In the heart of the garden is an oval-shaped red fescue meadow with a bubbling fountain which can be enjoyed from the patio as well as from the seating wall on the opposite side. The native plants here mingle with raised vegetable beds--built from recycled lumber--and a lemon. Along the back fence, colorful spring accents will be provided by a western redbud and a Ray Hartman ceanothus, while a California wild grape will do the job in the fall. At the west side of the house, holly-leaf cherry will provide privacy and shade from the hot sun. The homeowners are exceptionally eco-minded; they installed solar panels on the roof top, use a rain sensor, a worm compost bin, grow their own organic produce and drive a hybrid vehicle!

Gardening for Wildlife: The garden was designed to provide food, shelter and places to raise young. The circulating fountain in the back yard offers fresh water.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 3

Garden Size: 2500 sq ft

Designer: Agi Kehoe
Installer: Benz Godinez

Click here to download the plant list in PDF format (from year 2009).

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