Growing Natives Garden Tour 2012

Alum Rock Garden (6 photos)

Garden #48, San Jose


Showcase Features: This professionally-designed garden is the beautiful result of removing large amounts of pavement and ivy in favor of native plantings and an attractive flagstone path.

Other Garden Attractions: The former ivy-covered area in front of the driveway, planted in 1993, invites wildlife with a variety of shrubs and perennials including ceanothus, Oregon grape, toyon, Bee's Bliss sage, California fuchsia, woolly blue curls, yarrow and sulfur buckwheat. To the left of the drive is a structured area containing Idaho fescue, specimen manzanitas, groundcover manzanita, Bee's Bliss sage, California aster, sea thrift and common rush. An existing bed of non-native plantings between the drive and the house is enhanced with California aster, blue-eyed grass, and seaside daisy.

In the back yard, with views of the Santa Clara Valley, a small lawn was replaced by a professionally landscaped garden in January 2011. It features a flagstone path, an establish boxwood hedge, many of the plants found in the front with the addition of Heucheras, Yerba Buena and hummingbird sage. A metallic statue, viewing bench, container plantings and moss rocks accent the garden, shaded by mature trees. There is an established Toyon hedge below the new garden and other areas of the yard are in transition to Native Plants.

Gardening for Wildlife: Hummingbirds, quail, wild turkeys, possum, racoon, deer, fox, and skunk all visit this garden near an open space preserve.

Plants Available: On tour day, Native Revival Nursery will conduct a plant sale at this garden. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Going Native Garden Tour. Please pay with cash or check.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 24

Garden Size: 15,000 sq ft

Designer: Native Revival Nursery (front) Central Coast Wilds (back)
Installer: Native Revival Nursery (front) Central Coast Wilds (back)

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