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Hot Gardens Newsletter:
June 2011

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kangaroo paw flax lawn replacement 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 long-blooming.

Adios Lawn.  Hello Gorgeous!

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 doorway. 

statice limonium and iris 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.  

succulents colorful 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 succulents which provide contrast year round. 


rudbeckia black eyed susans 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 are six pages on the Hot Gardens website about lawn replacement.

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The Crape Myrtle blooms for
months on end.  See other 
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Not only are cactus and
succulent borders water-wise,
they bloom beautifully.
Clematis is just one of
many beautiful vines that
thrive in hot climates.

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Our 9 Most Popular Hot Gardens Newsletters: 

1.  Flowering plants that reliably bloom in scorching mid-summer heat.

2.  Australian plants and trees that grow well in hot, dry climates.

3.  Weather-proofing palms for winter; cold weather palm trees.

4.  A white garden for night time viewing.

5.  Topiary can be easy to create and add charm to your garden.

6.  Techniques to combat death by heat exhaustion of plants in pots.

7.  Cactus as security barriers for your property.

8.  South African aloes for brilliant late winter color in your garden.

9.  Frugal gardening tips to save you money.

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