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.

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...

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...
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...

The Summer-Dry Project

The Summer-Dry Project is an all encompassing mission to help gardeners have success in summer dry climates. The project has evolved from a catchy phrase to redefine mediterranean gardening techniques, to books, a website, and now The Summer-Dry Project is part...

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...

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...