Article and photos by Jennifer Jewell
The spring woodland garden has many bright stars in the form of shrubs: ceanothus and mahonia come immediately to mind. But look a little closer and you will see how lovely the ribes are as well this time of year. The native ribes are far more soft-spoken but have equally nice things to say as their brighter companions. Continue reading
Summer-dry, drought tolerant, naturalistic, Mediterranean garden with California native Acer circinatum (Vine Maple). Photo by Saxon Holt.
By CNPS and Modernize
The unique environment of Southern California, while often a source of great appeal for its residents, poses distinctive challenges for anyone wishing to develop and maintain the aesthetics of their yard. The dry climate, paired with an increasingly limited water supply, means a lush green space is no longer ecologically viable. However, there are many other possibilities for creating a beautiful outdoor space. The folks at Modernize, a website devoted to home remodeling inspirations, like to view this landscape challenge as an opportunity to create a uniquely Californian place for outdoor living. Here, they share two approaches to this challenge- xeriscaping and hardscaping- including along the way some of their favorite California native plants for the garden. Continue reading
Fall is the right time to prepare your garden for spring!
When is your local chapter hosting a plant sale, presentation, or native gardening workshop? The CNPS Horticulture Events Calendar is searchable by CNPS chapter and type of event, including “Plant Sale” to help you plan for regional CNPS Chapter plant sales. The calendar is frequently updated, so be sure to check back for events in your area, or follow the CNPS Facebook page where we are posting many of these events as well. There’s never been a better time than now to transform your yard into a water-thrifty, habitat-extending, native garden!
Pete Veilleux shared this picture with us of a cute little Arctostaphylos dressed for the holidays. Do any of you have other photos you’d like to share?
It’s fairly warm in most parts of California and the northern end of Baja. And dry. People are talking dry dry dry…so here is a bit of refreshment.
I took this photo at the Waterfront Grill in National City. The cool water and colorful surfboards reinforce the beautiful rusts and creams of this field of buckwheats. Eriogonum species always turn up on drought-tolerant plant lists everywhere. For ornamental gardening, they are usually conceived of as plants for the typical dry-looking garden.
But here, they were positioned at water’s edge and they really made a hit, visually.
The Eriogonum family is a pretty diverse group, with a wide cultural range. Great pollinator attractors, too. Find out what grows nearest to your location, find it at a local nursery and try one soon. Then plant more!
This past week and a half, I’ve been to the Kern chapter and in the Bay Area. Signs of spring are still around…the poppies above were on the north side of the UC Berkeley campus.
The Cloyne coop has some native plants in the front garden, plus a nice strip on the back filled with Artemisia and others.
The weather has been variable, so keep an eye on your soil conditions.
This note is from Brian LeNeve, Monterey chapter of CNPS on their successful Wildflower show: “I am still having a hard time getting my head around the number of people that attended this year.
According to the counter on the front door there were, 4,800 people cross the door during the three days. The museum does not account for people going in and out multiple times or two people entering at the same time, but it is the same system used for quite a while and it reflects the same inaccurate counting every year so we can use it as an indicator. The best year before this the counter showed 3,000. I still do not have an accurate count of taxa in the show but my hand count showed 667 and I am usually off 5 or 10 either way. The final count will be when we count the cards.”
Congratulations to the team. It was a beautiful show.