Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Michael’s Front Garden


Mediterranean Themed Lawn Replacement

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In 2001 Michael replaced his front lawn as part of the North Marin Water District “Cash for Grass” incentive program. His home is in a suburban development in the former Hamilton Air Force Base where homes typically have very small front lawns and matching shrubs. Michael grew up on the water-starved Island of Malta and understands the importance of drought tolerant plantings. This little Mediterranean oasis includes bougainvillea, sages, lavender, Olive trees, succulent ground covers, geraniums, and ornamental grasses. Other features include a recycled bench made from Stinson Beach driftwood, a gravel path and a calming fountain. The neighbors love this tranquil and colorful garden, and Michael wants to share his water saving ideas with others.

Plant List

  1. Bougainvilla spp.
  2. Citrus spp. (Orange)
  3. Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy)
  4. Lantana spp.
  5. Lavendula spp. (Lavender)
  6. Oenothera speciosa (Mexican Evening Primrose)
  7. Olea europaea (Olive)
  8. Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)
  9. Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium)
  10. Tulbaghia violacea (Society garlic)
  11. Salvia spp.

California AB 2104

California’s drought is still here and one recent response to the drought is a law currently in effect from the California State Assembly, intended to help reduce irrigation water use. Homeowners associations (HOAs) can no longer legally forbid or impose a fine or assessment against a member for replacing lawns with more water-conserving plants or for reducing or eliminating lawns. AB 2104 became effective on January 1, 2015 and does not require a drought-emergency declaration in order for the low water use plants to be allowed.