I’m not exactly sure what the formula is for a long and narrow space… probably something like 1 part depth to 7 parts length. But, it’s obvious when we encounter one (often along driveways, walkways, patios, and fences, median strips, and house walls). We feel restricted and start wishing someone had made the space justContinue reading “Planting Design: 3 Ways to Create Interest in Long and Narrow Spaces (part 1)”
When thinking about great plants for hot sites some of the things I look for are irrigation forgiveness, adaptability to soils, and especially, plants that can take scorching, full sun interior heat in stride. All of the plants listed here I have grown and had easy success with in my gardens and those of clients.Continue reading “10 Beautiful foolproof plants for hot dry sites”
I know a lot of people that enjoy gardening from time to time and they all say “I hate our clay soil! it’s impossible.” Yes. Clay soil can be a complete pain in the ass to work with. But, I liken it to those who have thin hair and those who have thick hair —Continue reading “Clay soil is really OK”
Before converting a long hillside in my backyard to native plants, I excitedly researched and ultimately followed the main stream advice I was given… even though it didn’t feel right. I then believed that you should not have to amend or add to your existing soil when planting natives. Instead, plant species that are suited for yourContinue reading “Growing CA Natives on Residential Sites”
If you are looking to hire a landscape contractor, or other laborers to perform work on your property I have a short list of things that are commonly overlooked. I think these things are essential to anyone having work performed, but it seems these things happen again and again from my observation. I would recommend that when you areContinue reading “Landscape contractors: 5 things to look out for”
We only believe in organic practices that are good for the health of your gardens, landscape, soil, and the planet. We’ve been doing this for years… and we’re good at it. We practice IPM and ISM to achieve a healthy balance of life in your gardens.
The sound of water in a garden can be very relaxing. There are so many ways to achieve great water noise: plinky, wooshy, streamy, bubbly. The options for pump installation are also improving as there are decent solar pumps and low voltage pumps on the market. These can be a good option if a smallContinue reading “Custom Water Features”