Category Archives: Plant Highlights

Alternative Lawns – Is There Such a Thing?

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but it is also the mother of research.  I recently started a project where I needed to decide on a ‘lawn alternative.’  But in researching the topic at great length, here is … Continue reading

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Bringing fall color into the garden

Fall.  You can smell it in the air.  You can feel the slight chill in the early mornings.  And you can see it in the changing color of the sky.  For me, living in Santa Monica, I am relieved at … Continue reading

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Passionate About a Redbud

It’s in the air. A subtle change in the way things smell, the color of the sky, the sound of the birds.  All around us, things are budding and bursting into bloom.  From my living room window I can see … Continue reading

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Lotus crassifolius ‘otayensis’ (Big Deervetch)

What a delicious plant I stumbled on at Grow Native the other day.  Tucked in among the more common Ceanothus and Manzanita, was this delicate silver leafed delight, the lotus crassifolius var. otayensis, otherwise known as Big Deervetch.  I was … Continue reading

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Ode to the Ceanothus

One of the principals of permaculture design is that every element in the design has multiple purposes.  When I started studying this approach to design it opened my eyes as to how efficient Nature really is.  Everything is perfectly connected … Continue reading

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