The Q&A Archives: new garden

Question: Any suggestions for an above the ground garden?

Answer: Your choice of plants will depend upon how much sun or shade the site receives, plus how much or little water you plan to apply. Here are some suggestions for shady gardens: Aquilegia formosa
Red Columbine; Arctostaphylos (groundcover); Artemisia palmeri; Calycanthus occidentalis (Spice Bush); Carpenteria californica (Bush Anenome); Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud); Dendromecon harfordii (Island Bush Poppy); Dudleya pulverulenta; Elymus condensatus (Giant Wild Rye); Galvezia speciosa (Island Snapdragon); Heteromeles arbutifolia; Hybrid Coral Bells; Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris); Heart-leaved Penstemon; Bush Monkeyflower: Monardella odoratissima ssp. australis (Western Pennyroyal); Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern); Potentilla glandulosa; Prunus ilicifolia (Hollyleaf Cherry).

And, here are some suggestions for a sunny garden:
White Chaparral Current (Ribes indecorum); Cleveland?s Sage (Salvia clevelandii);
Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi); California Fuchsia (Epilobium californica); Douglas? Iris (Iris douglasiana); Sedge (Carex tumulicola); California Fescue (Festuca californica); California poppy (Eschscholzia californica); Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia amoena or unguiculata).

Salvia 'Dara's Choice' (Salvia mellifera and Salvia sonomensis hybrid); Monkeyflower 'Trish' (Mimulus sp. hybrid); Foothill Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus); Coral Bells (Heuchera sp,); Chalk-leaf Dudleya (Dudleya pulverulenta); Hasse?s Dudleya (Dudleya hassei); Virgin?s Bower (Clematis pauciflora).

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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