An enthusiastic gardener, Tom Hansen was happy to see freshly grown greenery within the steep, sunny yard surrounding his new house as he moved from Chicago to Marin County, California, in 1999. After the very first twelve month, though, Hansen observed the landscape architect-chosen, one-size-fits-all plantings of Japanese maples, ferns, azaleas, and rhododendrons were battling despite his constant care. He can keep them alive, but he’d to make use of more water than he thought suitable for waste-wary California. And also the color scheme looked unnatural around the dry, terraced hillside.
Obviously, Hansen had expected a general change in the elements as he moved in the Midwest, but he hadn”t fully recognized something which gardeners a new comer to the San Francisco Bay Area soon learn (which the house”s landscaper had overlooked): He was now residing in a Mediterranean climate. Aridity replaced the new, wet summers he was familiar with. And gardens didn”t just stay awake in the winter months California natives along with other Mediterranean climate plants, for example South African Leucospermum, came alive. Yes, there is summer time fog, a downer to newcomers, however the mist appeared a little cost to cover mild winters as well as an endless growing season.
To understand more about exactly what a truly California-friendly garden appeared as if, Hansen visited local treasures Filoli (filoli.org), a formal country estate in Woodside, and also the Ruth Bancroft Garden (ruthbancroftgarden.org), 3 acres of mostly succulent gardens in Walnut Creek. In the last decade . 5, he”s exchanged the inappropriate plants for a range of low-water herbs, succulents, and small trees. He exchanged the ferns for lavender and rosemary oil, the azaleas for aloes, and also the rhododendrons for rockrose (Cistus) and pomegranates. Hansen”s third of the acre is constantly on the surprise and encourage him.