Petaluma | Small Front Yard
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Mediterranean plants.
- Lawn conversion.
- Drip irrigation.
The goal of this garden was to transform an unattractive front lawn into a beautiful and practical landscape. Covering the lawn with a sturdy landscape cloth, pinned it in place, the homeowners created three ‘islands’ with trucked in soil. The fruiting Olive ‘Cipressino’ is the focal point in the center island. They then planted the islands with lavender, sages and yarrow to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. A few ornamental grasses were planted to provide interest and texture to the garden. The owners proceeded to create a flagstone pathway of Sunset Gold quartzite to weave through the garden to showcase its beauty. One of the finishing touches was laying a thick layer of arbor mulch to help preserve moisture and reduce heat during the summer months. A drip irrigation system was installed for a truly carefree garden. Landscape supplies were purchased at Landscapes Unlimited, Wyatt Irrigation, Sonomarin and Shamrock.
Some of the plants to look out for in this garden include:
- Moonshine Yarrow (Achillea ‘Moonshine’)
- Ground Morning Glory (Convolvulus mauritanicus)
- Santa Barbara Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus)
- Lilac Vine (Hardenbergia violacea)
- Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
- English Lavender (Lavandula pinnata)
- Fruiting Olive (Olea ‘Cipressino’)
- Bunny Tail Grass (Pennisetum ‘Red Bunny Tail’)
- Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha and cvs)
- Cherry Red Sage (Salvia ‘Mirage Cherry Red’)
- New Zealand Wind Grass (Anemanthele lessoniana)
- Westringia (Westringea rosmarinus)
City of Petaluma Mulch Madness & Public Demonstration Gardens
Between May 1 and October 1 the City of Petaluma is offering free mulch, compost, cardboard, an irrigation conversion kit, and and a $50 voucher towards low water-use plants from Friedman’s Petaluma to those customers who wish to sheet mulch their existing turf. This even includes delivery of the mulch, compost and cardboard. It’s Madness!
Further details about the program are available here.
While visiting this garden in Petaluma set aside some time to visit some of the wonderful public demonstration gardens in the area: