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28-Casita Manzanita


Casita Manzanita

Sunday April 24 | 10am - 5PM

Private Residence

Design & Care: Jay Shields (resident)

Garden Size: 1,600 sq. ft., front/back

Started: 1995

We view our garden as an ongoing experiment in small open space habitat preservation in the midst of increasing urban density. The coastal-sage-based front garden consists of sages and buckwheats highlighted with colorful globe mallows, coral bells, and penstemons, all under the canopy of a mature big berry manzanita. A permeable path along a ceanothus and ironwood hedge leads to the back garden where a sprawling palo verde provides shade for an outdoor room. Adjacent, a millstone water feature, visited by 37-and-counting bird species, is surrounded by a seasonal bulb meadow of wild onion, triplet lilies, blue dicks, and mariposa lilies.

Notable Plants
Showy Penstemon

Big Berry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)
Superb Mariposa Lily (Calochortus superbus)
Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus)
Showy Penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis)
Apricot Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)