The hot summer-dry landscape demands tough California native and other Mediterranean climate plantings. The sterile rock on which the house and garden were built also requires plants that can thrive with limited nutrients.
The owners desired a casual. relaxed looking landscape around the house, one that would transition to the native landscape on the property. And they wanted plantings that would look good throughout the year and not require a lot of maintenance.
A diverse planting of succulents, shrubs, palms, perennials and annuals all attractively arranged for a long season of interest.
The driveway approach to this cottage in the foothills above Calistoga in the Napa Valley now has a welcoming cottage garden of diverse heat-tolerant, low water, all season plants. This garden border invites lingering and perusal of the plants, both as individuals and for their combinations. The stairway seen in the Before image is just beyond the gray shrub on the right.