Magazine article Sunset

Concrete Jungle

Magazine article Sunset

Concrete Jungle

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Landscape designer Beth Mullins gave this tiny San Francisco garden a lush look by planting tiers of greenery. Wispy Pittosporum tenuifoliutn 'Silver Sheen' creates a paint-splatter effect along the fence, allowing light to pass through. On either side, palm grass (Setaria palmifolia) sends out fountainlike leaves. Succulents (Aeonium 'Jolly Green' and Agave attenuata), mounding blue Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', and tufted green mondo grass fill in the understory. growsgreen.com.

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Replace lavenders that have grown old and woody with fresh plants.

Sow seeds of pollinator-friendly flowers, including baby blue eyes, California bluebell, clark-ia, cornflowers, and Shirley poppies. Scatter seeds evenly over beds, lightly rake them into the soil, then water the bed gently until they germinate.

Plant cyclamen 6 to 10 inches apart in rich, well-draining soil. To make the largest visual impact in the ground, plant a drift of a single color.

Grow shrubby flowering quince to add structure to ornamental beds. Among the first shrubs to bloom each year, flowering quince can range in size, but all can be kept compact with annual pruning. …

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