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.

Leaning Pine Arboretum

I have been visiting Leaning Pine Arboretum for years, and it has become one of my favorite gardens. For a California garden photographer, seeking landscape settings for mature, appropriate plants adapted to the summer-dry climate, Leaning Pine is near perfect....

Beyond Drought Tolerance

Do we really want drought tolerant plants for our gardens ?  Let's look for climate tolerant plants. All plants are drought tolerant in their native habitat and no plant can live without water. No matter where a garden is located, anywhere...

Ruth Bancroft’s Legacy

When I first met Ruth Bancroft in 1992, she was already 86. Rounding the corner on an early morning photo shoot in her garden I saw her bending over a gravel path looking for something.  I asked her if I...
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...
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...

Rain for a Summer-Dry Garden

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,...