Growing Natives Garden Tour 2013

Creekmore Way Garden (7 photos)

Garden #60, San Jose


Showcase Features: This professionally designed garden paradise has many eye catching elements. Recycled concrete is used to create different garden sections that are inhabited by ground cover type native species, such as 'David's Choice' artemesia, manzanita and ceanothus. A courtyard wall was created from on-site soil and cement and sets off the color of California fuchsias in the front yard. Sonoma sage is used between the car tracks along the driveway. In the back garden, a small lawn is accompanied by a mulched area with boulders, bunch and wire grasses. A pondless water feature installed by Brookside attracts birds to the garden and all visitors to the garden can enjoy the soothing sound of water flowing.

Other Garden Attractions: Nice specimens of California sunflower and island alum root dress up a shady area near the front door. Native vines decorate many fence sections. Invasive pampass grass was recently replaced with native 'Canyon Prince' wild rye in a corner of the back garden.

Gardening for Wildlife: The native plant species, bird feeder, and water invite many birds including sparrows, scrub jays, hawks, and also small lizards.

Years of CA Native Gardening at this Location: 10

Garden Size: 9000 sq ft

Designer: Sherri Osaka, Sustainable Landscape Designs
Installer: Earthcare Landscaping

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