Junior College Habitat Garden
Designed first and foremost to be a habitat garden. As a collaboration between the artist homeowner and the garden designer, careful consideration was given to achieve this goal beautifully.
A pathway of stepping stones was created to wind through the garden. Color and scent, in the form of nectar producing flowers feed the senses and attract beneficial insects, butterflies, and birds. Lavender, ornamental oregano, hummingbird mint, penstemon, yarrow, and salvias ‘Phyllis Fancy’ and ‘Rosita’ are some of the great attractants. An opening on the west side under a redwood tree provides the homeowner with a space to create a wildflower meadow each spring. Clarkia, poppies, bachelor buttons, larkspur, baby blue eyes and lupine create a satisfying riot of color and buzz with bees.
Designed using eco-friendly principles, the lawn was sheet mulched in the fall of 2007 with cardboard, compost, and wood chips. Drip irrigation and wood chip mulch conserve water and build soil.
This garden is a living work in process and gives in so many ways to the homeowner, to the neighborhood, and to those smaller creatures that create and support the web of life.
- Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow)
- Agastache ‘Acapulco Orange’ (Hummingbird Mint)
- Agastache barberi ‘Tutti-frutti’ (Hummingbird Mint)
- Aster frikartii ‘Moench’ (Aster)
- Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)
- Ceanothus gloriosus ‘Heart’s Desire’ (California Lilac)
- Clematis spp.
- Daphne odora ‘Marginata’ (Winter Daphne)
- Digitalis thapsi (Foxglove)
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Bravado’ (Purple Coneflower)
- Epilobium ‘Schiefflin’s Choice’ (California Fuchsia)
- Festuca californica (California Fescue)
- Globularia ‘Blue Eyes’
- Guara lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ (Lindheimer’s Beeblossom)
- Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ (Munstead Lavender)
- Lepechinia hastata (Pitcher Sage)
- Monardella villosa ‘Russian River’ (Coyote Mint)
- Oreganum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’ (Kent Beauty Oregano)
- Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’ (Penstemon)
- Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ (Phyllis Fancy Sage)
- Salvia microphylla ‘Rosita’ (Rosita Sage)
Basic Principles of Natural Systems
- Natural systems are inherently beautiful.
- Nothing goes to waste.
- Inputs are limited and are primarily defined by the natural resources on site.
- The more diverse they are, the more stable they are.
Russian River Friendly Landscaping is…
A whole systems approach to the design, construction and maintenance of the landscape in order to support the integrity of one of California’s most rich and diverse ecosystems, the Russian River Watershed.
The Russian River-Friendly landscape professional can create and maintain healthy, beautiful and vibrant landscapes by:
- Landscaping in harmony with the natural conditions of the Russian River Watershed
- Reducing waste and recycling materials
- Nurturing healthy soils while reducing fertilizer use
- Conserving water, energy and topsoil
- Using integrated pest management to minimize chemical use
- Reducing stormwater runoff and air pollution
- Protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat and diversity