Growing Natives Garden Tour 2012

Fleming ave garden (7 photos)

Garden #50, San Jose


Showcase Features: Two years ago the homeowner began converting a tired juniper/lawn combo front yard to a garden featuring an impressive collection of native wildflowers and shrubs. The new plants in this collector's garden were propagated by the homeowner from cuttings and seeds. Jays planted the large native oaks that shelter the side. A large non-native abelia will be removed when the young native shrubs are big enough. A Louis Edmunds manzanita and a Ceanothus arboreus will become new focal points as they mature. Other shrubs include California flannel bush, western elderberry, island mallow, California sagebrush, mountain mahogany, western redbud, various manzanitas, California buckwheats and woolly blue curls. In spring the sunny areas blaze with wildflowers: five different kinds of lupine, gilia, blue flax, clarkia, phacelia, most beautiful jewel flower, monkey flowers and others. Bee's bliss sage and lessingia 'Silver Carpet' are blooming ground covers. In a shady area western columbine, leopard lilies and mimulus cardinalis mix with native ferns. Don't miss this incredibly colorful DIY front yard!

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Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 4

Garden Size: 12,500 sq ft

Designer: Homeowner
Installer: Homeowner

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