SoCaL Coastal Floristic Province plantscape, in a cottage floral style, with a select group of the faster growing species chosen from this region, with many being endemic to the Southern California & Northern Baja islands, extending from around Santa Barbara copunty to central Baja. All species occur natively(without human assistance) within a mile of the ocean, though the ranges of most extend much further inland, variously.
Pathway surfacing is straw (purchased at Carter's Hay & Grain, in Lakeside). The plants will grow and fill the yard up quite nicely within a couple years.
Plant species used here include island buckwheats/Eriogonum, bush poppies/Dendromecon, island snapdragon/Galvezia, Ceanothus arboreus, california morning glories/Calystegia, Dudleyas, suncups/Camissonia, yerba santa/Eriodictyon, island verbena, island cherry/Prunus, island tree mallow/Lavatera, wild cucurbits/Cucurbita, Isomeris/ bladderpod, island snowflake/Constancea, monkey flower/Mimulus/Diplacus, california fuchsia/Epilobium/Zauschneria, jimson weed/Datura, summer holly/Comarostaphylis, Toyon, southern foothill penstemon, mirabilis, encelia sunflower bush, giant coreopsis, sea coreopsis, and some annuals.
Main yellow flowers on both sides are Camissonia bistorta. Eriogonum giganteum by sidewalk entrance. Eriodictyon in center, behind Dendromecon rigida and Dudleya brittonii. White flowers at right are Calystegia macrostegia 'Anacapa Pink'. And other less prominently visible species.
Orange and red Mimulus aurantiacus in front, Dendromecon harfordii at right, Epilobium canum at right(not in bloom), Eriogonum giganteum behind Mimulus, Mirabilis laevis(Baja norte form) at left of Eriogonum, yellow flowered Camissonia bistorta beyond Epilobium at right, leaves at left photo edge are Prunus lyonii, plants beyond Prunus are yellow flowered Dendromecon rigida, Lavatera assurgentiflora lavender and magenta varieties. Isomeris arborea behind Camissonia bistorta, and more of the same species, and others, further in the yard.
Photo above is red Keckiella cordifolia at left, yellow Mimulus aurantiacus at right, Dendromecon rigida behind Mimulus, Prunus lyonii in middle, yellow flowers at left are Camissonia cheiranthifolia, white flowers at left aare Eriogonum giganteum, yellow 'spot' of a couple flowers at left in distance are Dendromecon harfordii, at lleft and right in background in yard are deep pink Lavatera assurgentiflora.
Photo at left which can be opened up, is pink Eriogonum grande rubescens at front, Camissonia bistorta behind, young yellow Dendromecon harfordii at right, Dudleya brittonii in back left center, more yellow Camissonia bistorta at left background, Camissonia cheiranthifolia at left by light, and foreground of green jeep cherokee car, Eriogonum giganteum in front of red car at left, yellow Dendromecon harfordii at background right, blue Leymus condensatus 'canyon prince' grass at right, orange-red Mimulus aurantiacus by mailbox tree stump left center, white flowers at right are Calystegia macrostegia 'anacapa pink'(a california morning glory).
San Diego natives landscape(except for Dendromecon harfordii), 23months after installation, October 2015. In Linda Vista.
San Diego natives landscape(except for Dendromecon harfordii), 21 months after installation, September 2015. Notice rain-event pond, - late summer rain. In Linda Vista.
New design-install, September 2012, composed of already existing decades old Liquidambar trees at right back, and young plants of Mission Manzanita, Del Mar Manzanita, Lemonade Berry, San Diego/flat-top Buckwheat, Stipa lepida(grass), Epilobium californicum, and Juncus patens (rush). No irrigation system, just occasional hand watering is intended.
The intent with the soil contours and swales is to collect rainfall, and run-off from the adjacent concrete, and not have run-off from the property, in order to maximize use of rainfall within the landscape. A rain gutter will be put along the front of the house roof-eve, with the drainage shaft being at the right side corner of the house and will have an outlet at the beginning of the dry creek. Heavy rainfalls will then have water focused on going down the creek bed and into the creek end-pond-basin, which is at center within the space of the largest boulders.
Rock-creek work by Advanced Waterscapes. I did the plantscape composition, with all local regional natives, which are the following: Eriogonum fasciculatum(local buckwheat bush), Laural Sumac, Toyon, Lemonade Berry, Jojoba, Epilobium canum, Bergerocactus emoryi, Dudleya edulis, Dudleya lanceolata, Dudleya brittonii(northern Baja Norte native, nearly the same habitat community as San Diego; the only one not native to San Diego used in the composition not counting the pre-existing Aleppo pines and iceplant in background).
Same place as first seven photos and photo 11(most recent, 2015), early April 2013. Composed of SoCaL island endemics and coastal mainland natives cottage floral garden.