A Garden with a View

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Garden Features

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Drought Tolerant

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Edible Garden

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Deer Resistant

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Drip Irrigation

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Rain Garden

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Reclaimed/Recycled Materials

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Smart Irrigation Controller

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Lawn-Free Landscaping

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Urban Homestead

This is a multi-function garden with a view of Mount Burdell and the lower terraces. It has wonderful color and raised vegetable beds all served by a drip system. I have worked in partnership with my landscaper Mario Orihuela for 11 years. We had a vision to bring the garden and backyard to a functional, fun and natural retreat.
Our first phase was completed 6 years ago with new retaining walls and then each year we added stairs, decks, improved drip systems, functional patios an natural colorful landscaping. His team did all the work including an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, paths and stairways. We worked to select colorful plants that showcase the beautiful setting. We have raised vegetable beds, fragrant plants and pots of annual colors.

One of the most interesting spots in the garden is the OFF-the Grid She Shed. It is powered by a yedi generator, solar lights and has an adjoining environmental friendly toilet. It was constructed by Back-Yard Eichler a local Marin company. The shed

I am learning about the various plants and hope to launch a master gardener education journey in 2 years when I can retire and play full time in our backyard Oasis.

Check out the memorial garden in the front yard that started with a small tree gift and emerged as a beautiful park bench in honor of Grandpa Hal!

Thanks to Mario-Orihula, our gardener for maintenance and gardening service at our Garden with a View.

Plants in this Garden

Euphorbia spp

Spurge, Euphorbia
Organization

Large and variable group of several thousand plants that vary in both form and water requirements. Caution: Some euphorbias reseed readily, and all have milky white sap that is irritating to skin and poisonous.

Low-water examples: Mediterranean spurge (E. characias, 3-4’ x 3-4’) and E. c. spp. Wulfenii offer large clusters of flower bracts; creeping spurge (E. myrsinites, 6-12” x 12-18”); Martin euphorbia (E. x martinii & cvs, 2-3’ x 2-3’) offers a more compact shrub form than Mediterranean spurge with brown-centered chartreuse flowers.

  • Water: Low
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Soil: Well Drained
  • Foliage: Herbaceous
  • Leaf Color: Blue Green
  • Flower Color: GreenYellow
  • Blooming Season (s): Spring

Loropetalum chinese

Fringe Flower
Organization

Attractive, Chinese evergreen shrub with gently drooping branches and unusual flowers with thread-like petals in the spring. Commonly available either with green leaves and white flowers, or purple leaves and pink flowers. Well suited to understory locations with partial shade in hotter locations. Grows naturally as a shrub but may be available as a standard or espalier.

  • Water: Low
  • Light: Full SunPartial Shade
  • Soil: Loam
  • Foliage: Evergreen
  • Leaf Color: Green
  • Flower Color: GreenWhite
  • Blooming Season (s): SpringSummer

Favorite Plants

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Hydrangeas

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Azalea

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Lavender

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Bacopa

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ANYTHING purple!

Favorite Garden Suppliers

Hidden Forest Nursery

3970 Azalea Lane Sebastopol

Recommended Resources

Pinterest

For gardening ideas!

Gardening Tips

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Attend as many garden tours as possible for inspiration!