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 Summer-Dry Garden Book

The new book is well underway.  A new book ?! The Summer-Dry Garden (Timber Press 2019) will update and replace Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Area, the award winning book published by East Bay Municipal...
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...

Oaks after First Rain

I think I can say, almost flat out, that Oaks are the best trees for our summer-dry climate.   I have been photographing Oaks for the past few days now, after the first rain, as the ground has become moist and photography fantastic with...

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...
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...

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....
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,...