| A Master Gardener's
guide to gardening in a hot dry climate
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Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos)
blossoms on tall stalks in golden yellow and dark
red. Sea lavender (Limonium), which you may
also know as the dried flower statice, adds purple
to the scene. Both plants are very
Adios Lawn. Hello
Astonishing as it may seem the front
yard shown above is less than one year old. Every inch
of the water-guzzling lawn was ripped out and low-water
usage plants were installed--fairly densely. This
spring these new perennials are blooming beautifully and
winning garden awards for the homeowners.
There are also rosemary,
lavender and upright
red flax (Phormium) lining
the path to the front door.
A recycling fountain bubbles gently from a tall
turquoise color ceramic pot before guests reach the
||In another nearby garden,
planted several years ago--and also an
award-winner--Sea Lavender has been combined with
iris to create a early summer palate of purple
blooms. Both Sea Lavender and Iris make great cut
flowers for your home.
Both of these gardens are in
Pasadena, California which has been under increasingly
strict water restrictions. In March 2011, the water
department required at 40% reduction in water usage and that
requirement, along with climate change, inspired even more
homeowners to say goodbye to their green lawns.
||One comment we have heard
often is that after drought-tolerant plants bloom,
the garden looks sort of drab. One solution is to
plant vibrant color
which provide contrast year round.
||Another solution is to leave space among the
drought-tolerant perennials for annuals like these
Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) They will
grow practically anywhere and bloom even during
sizzling hot weather.
For more information and inspiration
about what to do when you tear out your lawn,
go here. There
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Hot Rocks. If you
have been thinking about replacing your lawn with
colorful rocks or synthetic grass--beware! Both rock
mulch and fake grass can reach temperatures of 150 degrees
Fahrenheit on hot summer days. Worse yet, fake grass
retains the stink of doggy droppings.
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Flowering plants that reliably bloom in scorching mid-summer heat.
Australian plants and trees that grow well in hot, dry climates.
Weather-proofing palms for winter; cold weather palm trees.
A white garden
for night time
Topiary can be easy to create
and add charm to your garden.
Techniques to combat death by heat exhaustion of plants in pots.
Cactus as security barriers
for your property.
South African aloes
brilliant late winter color in your garden.
Frugal gardening tips to save you money.
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