Piedmont Oasis

Originally this garden was full of oversized, thirsty plantings that were removed to make way for unusual drought tolerant plantings that maximize color and provide for wildlife. Utilizing a mix of succulents, CA natives and other drought tolerant, nectar-rich plants which are blended to create an exciting garden with interest and bloom throughout the year. Plants provide nectar to birds, bees and butterflies but also resist the heavy browsing of neighborhood deer. To further reduce water usage a large, inefficient, splashy fountain was replaced by a delicately trickling urn of water, reminiscent of a spring well. The new water feature also provides safe access to water for birds and insects. With the new, less closed-off garden, the home now feels open and provides frequent opportunities for socializing with neighbors.

Photos by Blake Marvin Photography