Magazine article Sunset

Drought-Tolerant, Easygoing Garden Packed with Ideas

Magazine article Sunset

Drought-Tolerant, Easygoing Garden Packed with Ideas

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Water conservation and versatility characterize this small garden in Southern California. The 1,250-square-foot space brims with ideas for displaying plants in camouflaged pots--an especially useful idea in the West's semi-arid climates. Landscape architect Ken Smith created his Newbury Park garden with three objectives in mind: "I wanted a garden that would be mostly drought tolerant, would need very little maintenance--and would be a place where I could indulge my interest in out-of-the-ordinary plants." The heart of the garden is a small, 6- by 8-foot deck that tucks into a curve in the sinuous raised-bed island pictured above. The bed's retaining wall is made of 3-foot lengths of redwood 2-by-12s with ends buried 18 inches. About 3 inches of each upright plank overlaps the next, allowing the wall to curve gently. The bed is planted with 1/2-inch-tall Sedum dasyphyllum (blue-green leaves), which will eventually fill in; in colder areas such as Denver, consider bergenia. …

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