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California Gardenscapes


Foothill Garden

Landscape Typology: Foothills between 1,000 to 3,000 feet in elevation

Places in San Diego: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Description: This was a crowded, undefined area with three beautiful Western Redbuds prior to the redesign. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), black sage (Salvia mellifera) and laurel sumac (Malosma laurina) were cleared to open-up and display the multi-branched structure of the redbuds. Foothill plants with pink to purple blooms such as foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus), hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) and wooly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum) were planted to correspond with the pink blooms of the deciduous redbuds.

Helpful Tips: The oak foothills are the iconic image of the California landscape. Contrast soft grasses such as purple needle grass (Nassella pulchra) with picturesque shrubs such as manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.). Correspond a synchronistic bloom period of similar colors between a diversity of plants as a temporal place-making element. Deciduous trees and shrubs add seasonal interest and structure to a native landscape.

Banner Photo:Mojave prickly poppy | Rachel Cobb