Vic and I were thrilled when Dave and Margaret Carlberg invited us to their house last week to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the installation of the California native, drought-tolerant landscaping.
The design of their front yard was the work of Kim Kolpin of Sage Landscape Designs. Kim selected a lovely plant palette of lavender, purple, blue and yellow, with some large plants interspersed with low ground cover. It was all in bloom and spectacular when we arrived. I recognized only a few plants from the wild, among them an interesting bladderpod bush.
Dave and Margaret retained a few of their established plants, like their decades-old weeping rosemary bush. I don't think I'd recognize their house without that venerable giant. It looks like a bonsai tree at this stage of its life, and is a focal point of their yard.