This garden displays some nice contrasts of foliage and floral color.
Sulfur Buckwheat in July
Eriogonum umbellatum is one of the nicest buckwheats for the garden. The flowers are bright yellow in the spring, fade to rosy-gold and then umber by winter. Great for dried arrangements, crafts too.
With Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) in the b.g. Showing more of the contrasting foliage colors and types.
Yellow evening primrose - Oenothera hookeri
A Place To Think
The owner of this garden is the artist Barbara Otter, and you can see her collaborations everywhere, as in this impromptu seating area made from local wood (including one of the trees downed in the late snow storm of 2012).
Deer Grass, Sages
Salvia greggii in the fg; Salvia chamadroides in the bg. Native to the High Desert Southwest, these two Sages work well in low-water-use CA native-based gardens throughout the Central Valley and Foothills.
Vase with native rock, gravel walkway
This site is blessed with several existing boulders that have shouldered or shoved their way to the surface. Rather than hide them, they were made part of the feature!
Sundial, planter, Blue Fescue
Another contribution by the artistic owners! The Blue Fescue (Festuca idahoensis 'Siskiyou Blue') really sets off the wood and greenery in BG.
Gravel walkways weave through the garden
One of the goals was to make the garden both separate from and connected to the wild areas beyond.
Updates of the contrasting foliage colors and types.
A walk on the wild side.
Western spice bush, Chaste Tree in full bloom
AKA Western Spice Bush
View from the back of the garden
This used to be boring lawn. The garden is 6 years old.
Shade seating area
With granite center table, naturally bordered by existing granite boulders. Flagstone and pea gravel floor.
View towards the shade seating area
The boulders were existing - we designed the beds and pathways to showcase these great features!