Mediterranean Garden

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This sunny garden is vibrant with color,  particularly yellow, orange, blue and purple. You can expect to attract butterflies. Some of the plant material is soft, grey or fuzzy. We recommend that you provide a bird bath and a bench for watching wildlife!

Don’t forget add-ons such as a flagstone path or boulders.



Note that some of the plants are Mediterranean and not California natives, however they are adapted to our climate.     Plants will be chosen from the following list:

Botanical Name

Common Name

Notes

Tall plants (screening)

Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ California Lilac Blue flowers
Heteromeles arbutifolia Toyon Red berries, birds

Medium plants

Arctostaphylos ‘Howard
McMinn’

Manzanita

Pink flowers, winter

Ceanothus ‘Skylark’

California Lilac

Blue flowers, sprin

Juncus patens

Rush

Architectural

Mahonia aquifolium

Oregon Grape

Yellow flowers

Muhlenbergia rigens

Deer Grass


Phormium ‘Platt’s Black’

Flax

non-native

Rhamnus californica ‘Eve
Case’

Coffeeberry

Attracts birds

Low plants

Baccharis pilularis ‘Twin
Peaks’

Coyote Bush (low)


Carex divulsa Berkeley Sedge green mophead

Ceanothus ‘Yankee Point’

California Lilac

Blue flowers, spring

Epilobium ‘Select Mattole’

California Fuchsia

Red flowers, fall

Eriogonum umbellatum ‘Shasta
Sulfur’

Sulfur Buckwheat

Yellow flowers, summer

Festuca idahoensis

Fescue


Rosmarinus ‘Huntington’ or
‘Irene’

Groundcover Rosmary

non-native

Salvia sonomensis or ‘Bees
Bliss’

Groundcover Sage

Blue flowers

Suggested Trees (optional add-ons)

Lyonothmnus var asplenifolius

Santa Cruz Island Ironwood

Pyramidal tree

Laurus nobilis ‘Saratoga’

Sweet Bay

non-native

Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’

Purple Leaf Redbud

non-native

Alternates designer may consider

Cistus salvifolius prostratus

Rockrose

non-native

Convolvulus mauritanicus

Morning Glory

non-native

Arctostaphylos ‘Dr Hurd’

Manzanita

Red bark

Cercis occidentalis

Western Redbud

Pink flowers

Succulents

various


Don’t forget add-ons like flagstone stepping stones or boulders!

This newly planted yard looks larger with new landscaping







Before: thirsty lawn and labor intensive hedges