Growing Natives Garden Tour 2010

Almaden Retreat (4 photos)

Garden #66, San Jose


Showcase Features: This professionally-designed garden uses plants from the chaparral plant community in a series of "rooms" that work with existing conditions in various parts of the garden. Beautiful stonework walls, ledges and patios give structure to the space and provide seating to enjoy the garden.

Other Garden Attractions: The small front yard provides color and interest with deer grass, coffeeberry, bush poppy, sages, manzanitas, California fuchsia, ceanothus, and pink-flowering currant, with buckwheats, yarrow, asters, Douglas iris, and alum root accents. In the large back yard, a central circular meadow planted with deer grass and aster provides a focal point. Plantings outside the meadow include a section with raised vegetable beds and fruit trees, sunny areas populated with white sage, silk tassel, saltbush, ceanothus, coyote brush, coffeeberry, manzanita, coyote mint, California fuchsia, monkeyflowers, and buckwheats. Shadier areas contain bush anenome, wax myrtle, pink-flowering currant, snowberry, strawberry, Douglas iris, and alum root.

Gardening for Wildlife: This garden provides food, shelter, and water for a variety of birds, lizards, bees, and squirrels.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 2

Garden Size: 3500 sq ft

Designer: Skyline Design (overall plan) and Alrie Middlebrook, Middlebrook Gardens (plantscape)
Installer: Middlebrook Gardens (plantscape) and Unique Concrete Design (hardscape)

Click here to download the plant list in PDF format (from year 2009).

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