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Wayne’s California Garden

30 years creating beauty

plant with large shiny leaves on side of house

Today we’re headed to Newbury Park, California, to visit with Wayne Jones, who has been gardening there for 30 years. Wayne’s mother was a very impressive gardener, and he is clearly carrying on the tradition!

plant with large shiny leaves on side of houseGorgeous lush leaves of leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum, Zones 7–10) give an almost tropical feel to this corner of the garden.

banana plants in southern california gardenThe stems (technically petioles) of bananas (Musa sp.) support the huge tropical leaves above.

various pink azaleas blooming under a treeIs anything more brilliant than the flowers of azaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, Zones 7–10) in the spring? This beautiful collection is all different shades of pink and magenta.

large bamboo plants in the back of a gardenHuge stands of bamboo give a dramatic vertical feature and great privacy screening.

close up of small Japanese garden with various sized stonesWayne’s wife asked for a Japanese garden, so he created this wonderful little space.

small Chinese-style garden with ornamental grass and stone pathThis is a Chinese-style garden, which is maintained by Wayne’s grandson.


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    simplesue 05/08/2023

    So beautiful! Such interesting plant choices.
    Your (Farfugium japonicum is so pretty, I've never seen that plant before!
    It all has such a tropical look, and also the clumping bamboo is fabulous!

  2. btucker9675 05/08/2023

    Love the little Japanese style garden!

  3. Laurette 05/17/2023

    It's so beautiful. avatar game also has jungle scenes

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