Native Gardener’s Corner - Member’s Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
This column is a regular newsletter feature offering chapter members and local experts a chance to briefly share information on many things related to gardening with natives.
Our question for this newsletter is “With fall here, what changes are you planning for your native garden this coming year?”
Answers listed in order received.
Brad Jenkins - “After years as a native plant test area, the whole yard is getting a structured redo. My plant desires and a landscape architect’s design are creating a garden to benefit nature, have low water use, AND be aesthetically pleasing to the neighborhood association. There will be a narrow strip of entry turf for my wife, some edibles for me, a little patio for entertaining, low garden walls for organization, and lots of Southern California natives atvarying heights with flowers during every season.”
Ron Vanderhoff - “I already have a few Manzanita’s in my garden and of course I love them. However, I have a rare African bicolored version Coral Tree (Erythrina coralloides ‘Bicolor’) as well, and as much as I enjoy the odd twocolored flowers, it has to go. Fortunately, I’ve reserved a large Manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’ from a grower up in Central California and it will be my next addition. Been looking for one for a couple of years can’t wait.”
Celia Kutcher - “I will be replacing a couple of my coastal sage scrub species that have died of old age, and IF there's reasonable rain I’ll sow annual wildflowers for spring color.”