More from Kathy’s Sacramento Garden

Kathy Sandel sent in just a few more photos of her current garden in Sacramento, California, and I couldn’t resist sharing them:

A stunningly perfect rose, and behind it a violet blue is verbena, the perennial variety (Verbena hybrid, Zone 9 – 11).

This is a dogwood flower (Cornus sp.) from a small tree planted in a large pot.

I have several full grown citrus trees. Orange, Meyer Lemon, a Sweet lime, 2 tangerines a blood orange and a Keffir lime in a pot.

Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense, Zone 7 – 10) with pink flowers and dark foliage. The color is echoed by a the foliage of a New Zealand flax (Phormium, Zone 8 – 11) behind it.

What’s left of a peony flower, some dymondia (Dymondia margaretae, Zone 9 – 11) and a sedum. I think this one is ‘Brilliant’, which flowers pinker than ‘Autumn Joy’. The chartreuse leafed plant might be a Spirea.

The house as it appeared when I bought it. Clean, but it wouldn’t melt your heart. I didn’t like the military color of the garage door and trim.

After shutters, a new paint job, and some rose vines: soil prep and drip irrigation for ground cover.

With dymondia ground cover planted. I love the look of the dimondia against the silver/lavender colors of succulents. However the dymondia was not happy here in the front. It loves the rear and side gardens, but it picked up a fungus in the front which weakened it and then the broiling august sun let me know that I needed to change it. I have since ripped it all out and have replanted with Ruschia lineolata ‘Nana’ (Zone 9 – 11) It is a new variety of ice plant, very tiny and grows tight to the ground. It seems to be doing great and they tell me it can be walked on. The tree is a pink flowering Crepe Myrtle.


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