Jekyll & Horticulture


Santa Rosa | 10,000 sq. ft. Front & Back Gardens

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Eila moved into her Santa Rosa home in the summer of 2013 and immediately began to transform the landscape. The garden is planted with a mix of native California drought tolerant plants, non-native drought tolerant plants, various kinds of lilies, as well as uncommon grasses and perennials in a landscaped setting with garden paths.

The perennial flower border in the front garden is influenced by the British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.

Eila has planted fruit trees in various locations, and plants a kitchen garden in raised beds on the north side of the property. A small rain garden is the most recent addition to the south side of the garden.

The property came with many existing Japanese maples, azaleas, camellias and magnolias as well as tree roses, climbing roses and a dozen or so roses in a bed in front. The entire garden is on a drip irrigation system.

Plant List

Some of the key plants in this garden for this time of year are listed below. You can also download a printable full plant list for this garden.

  1. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’)
  2. Manzanita (Arctostaphylos bakeri ‘Louis Edmonds’)
  3. Wormwood (Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’)
  4. California Lilac (Ceanothus spp.)
  5. Fortnight Lily (Dietes iridioides)
  6. Fuyu persimmon (Diospyros kaki)
  7. Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’)
  8. Catmint (Nepeta fassenii)
  9. Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
  10. Snowberry (Symphoricarpus albus)

City of Santa Rosa Irrigation Recommendations & Restrictions


WaterSmartwebbannerThe City of Santa Rosa provides weather based irrigation scheduling recommendations based on data from weather stations located in Santa Rosa. Visit the WaterSmart website or call (707) 543-3466.

Drought Restrictions

On February 2, 2016 the State Water Board adopted an extended and revised emergency regulation to ensure that urban water conservation continues in 2016. The regulation extends restrictions on urban water use through October 2016 while providing urban water suppliers more flexibility in meeting their conservation requirements.

Santa Rosa City Council adopted Stage 1 – Mandatory of the City’s Water Shortage Plan on August 5, 2014 to comply with the State’s drought emergency regulations. Mandatory water-use restrictions and prohibitions include:

  • Outdoor irrigation must occur between 8pm and 6am
  • No washing down of hardscapes, unless required for public health and safety
  • No use of potable water for street washing
  • Must use shut-off hose nozzle on all garden and utility hoses
  • Restaurants must participate in the “water-on-request” program
  • Hotels and motels must allow guests the option of not having linens and towels laundered daily
  • Fountains may only operate if water is recirculating
  • No irrigation allowed during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall