Kathy Sandel has shared her gardens with us before (More of Kathy’s Calabasas Garden, Kathy’s Garden Transformation in Sacramento), but today she’s sharing the garden she created for her daughter in Sacramento, California.
My daughter and her wife have lived in a small house in Sacramento for several years. Now that I have also moved near, she asked me to redo her front garden.
They were already planning on widening and repaving the driveway, and since their rear garden is very limited, I suggested that the contractor pouring the driveway extend the pour and include a good-size pad in the front garden. I could then build low planters to surround the concrete area to create a patio. They liked the idea, so we mapped out the shape and size.
The front garden contains a huge redwood tree. It is too large to consider removing, and they do like the tree. However, it dominates the property. We solved the problem by raising its lower limbs to let in more light and to be able to see across the yard. We also pruned it carefully to lighten its prominence. The lowest branches are now about 7 feet above the ground. We sectioned the yard into three planting areas.
We then brought in about 10 yards of good planter mix and amendments, turned and graded the area, and laid drip lines.
There is a natural dip in the surface between the front slope and the area surrounding the tree. We planted many different succulents in this area, with a ground cover of creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia, Zones 3–8).
We filled these planters with wonderful planter mixes and perlite for aeration and proceeded to plant color, mostly perennials with some succulents mixed in. The planters are also on drip irrigation.
Have a garden you’d like to share?
Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!
To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.
Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.