Garden Overview

The New Yard

  • Grevillia

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 In 2011-12 we replaced the front and back yards removing  everything except 2 trees and a few beloved rose bushes. We finally said goodbye to the lawns.

Original Yard

We originally hired a landscape gardening team who came up with designs for the front and back yards. However, after reviewing the plans I realized that the plans were not inspiring and that lawns and formal planting areas did not give me the desired result.  So I threw away the designs  and following research did my own design with wandering paths, dry river beds, waterfalls,  native/more drought resistance plants, and NO lawns.  To reach the final design I read many books and Sunset magazine.  Three books in particular  continue to be very helpful and I highly recommend them:

  • California  Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien
  • Reimaging the California Lawn by Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien
  • Designing California Native Gardens by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook

For additional information and inspiration on  drought resistant plants also check out:

  • The California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
  • UC Davis Arboretum
  • Middlebrook Gardens in San Jose