It’s California’s Finest!
When you imagine a “California friendly” yard, you might think of a dry landscape with gravel, a dry river bed, and a few plants that add a bit of greenery to the space. But, that’s not your only California friendly landscaping option. Recently, I visited a garden in Modesto that is a prime example of a lovely lush living space that would entice any homeowner to step outside in the valley heat. This green thumbed gardener lets her yard soak up the rain in the spring and hand waters only once a week in the summer!
A healthy mix of varieties can keep your yard blooming all year round. Gardening with plants that spread can also help by smothering those pesky weeds!
Native grasses can certainly add a beautiful backdrop to other garden elements such as natural stones, rocks, and bricks.
Save a special space for succulents! They can thrive in this area as long as you remember to protect them from frost in the winter. They can also help you create a larger than life fairy garden for all ages to enjoy!
Create some shady areas so you can enjoy your garden during the valley heat wave. This gardener created a dramatic pathway leading to the backyard, making even a short walk to the backyard very enjoyable.
Tip: It’s ok if your California plants go a bit dormant in the summer, just like we do. They love the spring and fall, but mostly try and survive during the summer.
The Building Blocks for Creating Structure in your Stylish Space.
Another way of describing your yard is architecture in its natural form. Think of the architecture of your favorite building…it has style, strength and the capacity to take your breath away just by gazing upon it. Well, your yard can have the same effect and here’s how:
Fill your space appropriately. Most yards can handle large trees and shrubs. Adding large “structural” elements to your yard can in fact make your yard seem larger than it is. By creating layers of sizes and shapes, it leaves your mind wondering if there is more beyond the layers and searching for that secret garden.
Even the smallest structures can have a grand impact. Create visual drama with a simple boxwood by using the artful elements of line and design. Then fill the gaps with your favorite budding beauty.
Leave plenty of space to stair step your structure…small shrubs in front, medium in the middle, and large in the back. This layering technique is sure to take you to the top of the home and garden favorites.
If you are stripping your yard of sod, then don’t be afraid to fill it with large shrubs and trees. Define your space the way you would like to be defined so you and your garden will be happy.
Thank you to the Crinklaw’s for providing an inspiring setting and allowing me to take photos for this blog.
Barberry; the plant of many colors.
Do you ever want the plant that has it all? A variety of colors, drought tolerant, full sun and little-to-no pruning. Well, look no further…Barberry is the match for you.
This plant will add great interest to your yard, but is still easy to maintain. Here are a few varieties, but come in to pick your favorite!
Disclaimer: Barberry is as it’s name describes, it has barbs which makes it a great barrier plant as well.
Cabernet variety. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries
How to turn that peaceful garden painting into your backyard reality!
Monet, Renoir, Kinkade & Bob Ross are all artists we are familiar with because of the beautiful garden landscapes they painted. A cottage in the woods, lush gardens by the pond and a party in the garden are all images we daydream of having for ourselves. So, why not? Here are some seriously spectacular shrubs that are surely the source of many painters’ inspiration and are readily available to plant in your garden today!
Weigela Minuet is a shrub bursting with color and is sure to inspire any painter. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries
Spirea Superstar will always leave a lasting impression. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries
Pink Lightning is sure to spark your gardening imagination.
No, it’s a flowering cherry tree!
These trees are sure to bring a flurry of flowers to brighten up your yard. I highly recommend driving by The Greenery to witness this “pink cloud” tree in it’s full glory. Even better, take a stroll through their rose garden and enjoy the flowering beauty up close and personal.
Akebono Flowering Cherry
Even the 5 gallon trees they have for sale are bursting with blossoms!
These are my garden must haves for a healthy garden when the valley heats up again!
Farmer’s Tip – Plant shrubs and trees now, while the weather is perfect to ensure a healthy well rooted plant before next year’s heat. Your plants will also be taking advantage of any rain that comes our way this winter!
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)- Beautiful color all summer! These flowers reseed themselves but I haven’t found them to be invasive.
Salvia Greggii-Lots of colors to choose from! The color pictured is called “Hot Lips.” Fast grower that does well when nurtured or neglected. Hungry Hummingbirds love this plant. If you plant it, they will come…
Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)- Get a multi-trunk tree to add structural interest to your yard!
Schinus (California Pepper)- The look of a willow tree without being a water waster! You will see some of these well-established trees along the freeway where there is no irrigation!
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If you love the look of sod but dislike the maintenance, try these water wise alternatives to keep you loving your field of greens…
I’ll admit that I do love the look of sod…but I don’t enjoy wasting water, fixing lawn mower blades, lifting heavy lawn mower bags, edging and fighting gophers over lawn territory. Well, guess what, we have other options! There are California friendly grasses that are water wise and look beautiful when planted in masses to fill small and large areas in your yard.
Some are low growing and others are taller with more pronounced blades.
The Greenery even has evergreen varieties to keep your lawn area looking beautiful year round without all the maintenance that typically comes with owning a lawn. While the weather is still cool and the skies are blue, now is the time to establish your lawn areas.
Set the trend in your neighborhood with these new stylish pots.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called “Potted Paradise” that talked about filling un-plantable areas in your yard with potted plants. Well, just recently I was walking through the Greenery and felt compelled to take pictures and show you the trend-setting stylish pots that I saw.
This style will give so much old world charm to your yard, it will inspire you to invite family and friends over for a European inspired dinner party…
These contemporary pots will make all the color in your yard “pop” when paired with this clean, white, glossy glaze. It will certainly be a stylish addition to any cocktail party or happy hour in your backyard!
Add organic color and texture to your boring patio and you will certainly enjoy those outdoor summer nights forevermore!
I know that pots can be pricey, but think of them as furniture for your yard. They can set the mood and style of your yard AND don’t forget that you can always take them with you if you move!