We’re back in Calabasas, California, today, looking at the garden Kathy Sandel created. She is a retired landscape designer, and this is the garden she created for herself at the home where she lived for more than 20 years. She moved away from this garden a few years ago, so these photos are a chance to look back and remember a beautiful and much-loved garden space.
Two great roses are blooming together: the climbing rose ‘Sally Holmes’ growing with a David Austin rose in front.
This view of the same pairing shows more of ‘Sally Holmes’. The individual flowers of this variety are small and have only five petals, but they bloom in big clusters that certainly add up to more than the sum of their parts.
The rose ‘Angel Face’ was trained to climb up a wall. This highly fragrant variety has unusual lavender blooms.
The white-blooming Geralton waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum, Zones 9–11) is a native of Australia. Like many Australian plants, it adapts well to live in California.
Columbines (Aquilegia hybrids, Zones 3–9) with purple oxalis (Oxalis triangularis ‘Purpurea’ Zones 7–10) growing at the base of roses
White heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens ‘Alba’, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) with clusters of very fragrant blooms
Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus, Zones 8–10) in the foreground, with countless beautiful roses behind
Steps up to the garden, with succulents and other plants growing amid and cascading down the rocks
The front walkway features begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 9–11) and star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zones 8–11).
The trees are dressed for a dinner party.
It is easy to see why Kathy loved this garden so much!
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