Mr. Baker and his kids were welcoming folks to the garden when I arrived. I like Mr. Baker - he was very forthright and so I asked him how it was that they decided to do a garden tour - like how were the houses selected? He told me that there was a little snippet in the neighborhood letter asking people who had yards that used natives and either water collection systems, or low water requirements, and if they were willing to be on the tour to email a specific person with photos of their yard. The rest, as they say, is history.
|The front yard from the driveway|
|A close up of yucca, oxalis, fern and speckled plants that I don't recognize.|
|A large water traditional water fountain dominates the front of the house, but instead of water, it has different drought tolerant plants spilling over the edges.|
|Pride of Barbados and Yellow Bells make for nice fiery combo (on the upper right of the photo). While Ice Plant and a Fern plant replace water in the fountain.|
As I continued around the bend, I looked back toward the house and took a photo:
On the edge of the property, there was a Rose of Sharon plant that was blooming:
|Rose of Sharon|
Back at the front of the walkway by the house, I noticed a flower combination that I would totally do - orange canna with purple Mexican petunia. What can I say, we apparently have similar tastes in bright color combinations.
The photo below was taken from the street - that "Powis Castle" artemisia sure does pop.