Part 1 ~ So Cal Garden Tour:
I lived in Santa Barbara in 1990 when the drought was so dire. People who wanted green lawns had to paint them or, in cases of extreme wealth, they would import truck loads of water from some far away land.
Southern California is once again facing a dire drought, but in the decades since the 90s nearly every gardener has traded in their water loving plants for drought tolerant choices. In the beginning, gardeners were concerned that they would lose the ability to play textures and colors off of each other and still have lush gardens, but they seem to have adapted.
In the next few weeks, I will feature a few Southern California gardens that show creativity and individuality all while being strictly water conscious. Today’s garden tour features my friend Pam’s quirky garden. Pam is a professional landscape designer. She had been traveling and was not home to tend to the details when I appeared with my camera.
I snuck up on each garden I will be featuring, so you can see how real people live when no one is supposed to be looking.
Pam is a quirky gardener and decorates her yard with artwork that some people might hang in their homes. She has a cobalt blue clawfoot bathtub in one corner of her backyard that is waiting to be replanted. It used to hold tomato plants, but is currently overflowing with a jungle of fragrant geraniums.
One of the things I love about gardening is sharing plant starts with friends and neighbors. Succulents produce prolifically. All of the varieties I have had are easy to create new starts with. Just break a piece off, put it in well draining soil and keep the soil moist until the plant develops new roots!
The orange and red nasturtiums on the left side of the above photo were taken from new sprouts in my old garden. I got them from my mother’s garden. Many of my favorite succulents came from starts that Pam gave me.
*For more on drought tolerant plants, you may like Val’s post Brown is the New Green and for a tour of a garden she designed go to:
or go to:
Part 3: Garden Tour ~ So Cal Droughtscape ~ Refuge in the Hood to read about how one gardener made an inner city drought tolerant garden her refuge.