Arbor with ‘Sally Holmes’ rose; Western Bracken Ferns below; Coast Live Oak and Ceanothus ‘Carmel Creeper’ behind

Sherie Bolen's trial and error approach has proven to work well in her CA garden.

"My approach to maintaining a large garden on California’s Central Coast (a few miles inland from Monterey Bay) is to use plants that require very little care. Research plus the trial & error method of selecting plants that can survive in our Oak Woodlands environment without regular irrigation and no fertilizers has resulted in a garden that has survived during our prolonged drought years. A mix of California natives and other plants from Mediterranean climates seems to be working, and most of the water is supplied by morning fog rolling in from the bay. A small lawn, recently replaced with drought tolerant Fescue, is the only exception to receive regular but infrequent irrigation."

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Lavender (Lavandula angustofolia), Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’ and Alstroemeria ‘The Third Harmonic’

Rose arbor with ‘Sally Holmes’ rose, Ceanothus ‘Carmel Creeper’ hedge lines the path, ‘Pink Crystals’ Ruby Grass (Melinus nerviglumis) in front, and Border Collie/Basenji ‘Scully’ surveys her domain

Matilija Poppies (Romneya coulteri) with Coast Live Oak behind the fence

Matilija Poppy closeup

Alstroemeria and Statice (Limonium perezii)

Crocosmia ‘Solfatare’

Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis) at the foreground, Meyer Lemon in the middle, Oak Woodlands beyond the fence

Alstroemeria closeup

Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii ‘Winifred Gilman’)

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