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California Gardenscapes


Blue-Grey Garden

Landscape Typology: Garden planting for contrast and texture, moon garden

Places in San Diego: San Diego Botanic Garden

Description: This was a pre-existing garden that was expanded during the redesign and includes silvery foliaged plants that you might find in a moon garden. An abundance of natives have blue to silvery foliage and are adapted to reflect sunlight and reduce evapotranspiration. Excellent specimen choices for blue-grey foliage include: Canyon Prince Wild Rye Grass (Leymus condensatus), purple sage (Salvia leucophylla), Catalina Fuchsia (Epilobium ‘Catalina’) and Catalina Silverlace (Eriophyllum nevinii). A large rhinoceros-shaped stump was added as a place-making sculptural element. The blue jays are especially fond of sitting on this in our Garden, adding to the blue-grey theme.

Helpful Tips: Contrasting foliage is especially important to create year-round interest in a native garden. For contrast, use plants with silvery or light green foliage against a background of darker green evergreen shrubs such as wild lilac (Ceanothus sp.), lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia) or chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum).

Banner Photo:Mojave prickly poppy | Rachel Cobb