Summer-Dry

Sustainability is a core value to the garden we feature. In summer-dry gardens, those regions around the world with Mediterranean type climates of dry summers and wet winters, well chosen plants are sustained with little effort. Since we are a California company in a summer-dry region we especially want to encourage gardeners to use these plants and garden photographers to celebrate a distinctive aesthetic.

The Beauty of Natives

I am regularly asked by garden publishers why native plant gardens are a mess, and I must say, too often they are right - but native plant gardens don’t have to be a design wreck.  Some native plant gardens are...

The Summer-Dry Garden

I live in sunny California.  I can plan a camping trip in summer and never worry about rain.  I don't worry about the roses getting beat up in a storm and veggies love all day sun. But I do need to...
Summers are dry here in California.  It's a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate with wet winters and rainless summers.  Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates. This year is particularly hard on gardeners because it is...
So, so many reasons to celebrate this manzanita on this rainy day. Mostly the rain itself.  We have had so little this winter that every drop is a relief.  The garden's spirit jumped up, as did mine, with the recent...
Winter rains in summer-dry climates are cause for gardens, and their gardeners, to rejoice. So you gardeners can imagine the joy  of our recent rains.  I spent each day this past weekend working in the garden, in the rain,...